I picked up a bag-o-blanks from Woodcraft, 32 assorted exotic and domestic species. I was about to get a sample box, or a few small pieces and cut my own blanks, but decided that this would give me the best variety bang for the buck, and help me begin to understand wood identification. A picture is good for some, but to actually see, hold and compare is much better.
I set these out so I could figure out which I’d be making cigar pens out of, and which would become Euro-style ones – and trying to decide which would look better with gold, platinum or the dark titanium finish. (Yep, I went for the best quality and most durable finishes out there.
I checked the ID numbers stamped, or in some cases hand written on the blank itself, and have a pretty good assortment of things that I’ve never worked with, let alone seen before.
From left to right (starting in the back row) Bocote, Canarywood, Cherry, Kwilia, Lacewood, Lyptus, Mahogany, Makore, Curly Maple, Quilted Maple, Teak, Tulipwood, Claro Walnut, Wenge, Yellowheart, and something of a mystery wood.
This particular assortment pack typically carries Brazilian Cherry and Macassar Ebony, though any could be substitued for another species that is available (on an included list.) The Makore was a subsitute for the Brazilian Cherry,.. but what was substituting the Ebony? Both blanks are labeled #43, but nothing on any of the lists has that number, or something that could be mistaken for it. Is there a typo?
The mystery wood in question, is very dark under normal light (I had a very hard time finding, let alone even seeing, the number written on it for a few minutes. The camera flash brought out some of the brown in the grain. It is also quite heavy compared to the rest of the blanks. According to the substitue list, it is not Striped Gaboon Ebony (#95), nor is it African Blackwood (#91).
Anyone have a new (or older list) from Woodcraft and can tell me what #43 is? Or, perhaps more likely, can anyone take an educated guess as to what species of pen this is about to become?