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Wood Species Identification #1: Hardwood from China - please help me Identify it

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Blog entry by palaswood posted 06-07-2014 04:33 PM 1356 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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#



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racerglen

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 11:12 PM

Can’t help you on an I-D Joseph, but I do the same whenever I’m traveleing, see something, pick it up and hope I can sneak it by the wife and the airport guys n’ gals ;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Spoontaneous

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 01:24 AM

I can’t help with the wood ID either… but when I was in the Philippines last year, my sister-in-law gave me some pieces of jackfruit and narra from her farm. I packed them into a shoe box and wrapped it with birthday paper. That way if customs asked me what was in the box I could claim that they had sent a gift home for a family member.

I guess it is safe to say that at times I am guilty of placing a higher value on wood than my own integrity.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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robscastle

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#3 posted 06-14-2014 09:56 AM

Looks like Chinese Lumpawood to me
Sorry could not help myself, no idea really!

-- Regards Robert

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Mike Throckmorton

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#4 posted 06-14-2014 11:19 AM

not exactly how the emerald ash borer came to the US but close.

insect eggs/larvea in the wood.

the movement of live biologicals (isects, rusts etc) between ecosystems, tho maybe inevitable, arent the best thing to facilitate.

Info

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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robscastle

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 10:53 PM

If the above from Mike is true or even possibly true burn it PDQ

-- Regards Robert

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palaswood

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 04:48 PM

This is lumber, not firewood or some random log i picked up on the street, but your concern is noted.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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Ocelot

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 09:26 PM

I can’t tell how big it is, but if it will fit in your kitchen oven, a few hours at 145F will kill any bugs – may kill the wood too.

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palaswood

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 09:48 PM

Thanks ocelot, yeah it will fit. I’ve roasted some mulberry before, (smells great) and the wood is dry as can be, but on the other hand its already cracked, i’d hate for it to split in half.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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Mike Throckmorton

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#9 posted 06-16-2014 11:39 PM

i was lucky enough to live in the town that was pretty much the epicenter of the emerald ash borer invasion.

The “theys” think it most likely that the eggs or larvae arrived in crates, pallets or furniture that were shipped into our area.

the devastation has been heart breaking and expensive. pretty much 100% mortality. There are few living ash trees left in our city.. It has cost millions of $ to remove the dead trees. there has been regrowth after the bugs lost their food supply and died off or moved on but I guess they are still here (link to article)

Google emerald ash borer to get less freaked out info than I am capable of at this point.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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palaswood

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#10 posted 06-17-2014 12:39 AM

Thats awful, im sorry to hear it hit so close to home Mike.

I use a lot of palletwood in my woodworking, and they have stamps showing heat or Methyl Bromide treatment for pest control for this very reason. However, US customs is very clear, and processed lumber is fine to transport overseas. I’ve inspected it thoroughly, but I’ll make sure to go over it again just to make sure.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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