here is a couple pics of that chinese hardwood I brought back from my trip to beijing last month. I got it for free in a lumber yard from a group of young adults selling cheap construction lumber in bulk. They laughed when I picked it up off the ground and asked how much. To them it was trash wood, but I was beaming as I walked away with my …uh..beam… yeah…
But this is like the hardest wood in my shop, harder than the oaks, eucalyptus, hickory, you name it. Even the black mulberry, which is pretty damn hard. It’s as if made of marble. But I have no idea what it is. One face was right on the pith and checked badly, but had the nicest grain. Other faces are lighter in color, more faded purple/pink, and it is kinda similar to the Pink Ivory of which I have only ever seen a tiny 3” pen blank piece I got from a grab bag. Its about as hard.
Thanks for any suggestions – so far I have heard: Zitan and Hunan Hickory.
-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#