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#1 posted 06-05-2014 01:29 PM

It is called Tyloses… this is why knowing about how wood grows, where, and why helps us become better woodworkers. Many tropical and semi-tropical species (and past tropical species like Black Locust) absorb a lot of chemicals and minerals into their cells. As the tree cells die and become heartwood, the chemicals, phenols, minerals, and other nutrients harden inside the Tracheid and Parenchyma cells and crystalize. This does many things for the tree.. such as water and rot resistance and structural support. Jatoba, Wenge, Bloodwood, Ipe…these are just a few of many species that you will find tyloses. There is nothing to do about it, other than celebrate the amazingness of trees. The crystals will not dissolve nor take stain very easily.

Leopardwood in particular has been well known for Tyloses since the late 1800's

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