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05-29-2015 10:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question type smell manure

Hey guys,

Long time lurker, finally decided to join. I need your wealth of knowledge. I got this small piece of wood from the local lumber yard. It was a dollar and I liked the grain and colour of it. I decided to use a piece today and when I made my first cut, I was overwhelmed with a smell of manure. It absolutely stunk!! The inside also had a purple tinge to it after it was cut.

I’ve taken some photos of it, maybe you guys can shed some light.

I’ve included links to higher resolution images.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1923060/0N8A4701.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1923060/0N8A4702.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1923060/0N8A4703.jpg

Thanks!!


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#1 posted 05-29-2015 10:28 PM

Probably purpleheart. It freakin stinks. Like old cheese/feet

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 01:24 AM

From your description of its smell and the middle picture, I’d guess it is vajayjay wood.

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 01:24 AM

End grain kinda looks like teak

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#4 posted 05-30-2015 01:32 AM



From your description of its smell and the middle picture, I d guess it is vajayjay wood.

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I’d second that. Probably 2 days without a shower. Maybe a little hippie in the grain too.

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#5 posted 05-30-2015 01:42 AM

Around here…it would be called PissElm.

You can always tell when someone has a stick of it in the woodburner, and the entire neighborhood, too.

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#6 posted 05-30-2015 01:55 AM

I don’t know about PH, I work with it often, except for when it has just been cut or sanded it is very purple/red and I never got a smell from it via dust or heat.

Whatever that is I like the grain pattern a lot

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#7 posted 05-30-2015 02:37 AM

Where did you find the wood? Maybe it’s not the wood but where it has been?? Kidding aside, a lot of exotic wood have an offensive smell; at least to us who distinguish some smells to be undesirable. Odor represent a behavior and/or environment.

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#8 posted 05-30-2015 02:53 AM

Almost sure it is rotted black walnut, the smell can be overpowering

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#9 posted 05-30-2015 05:33 AM

Brown English Bog Oak, saw or Plane and overwhelming manure odour.

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#10 posted 05-31-2015 04:15 AM

Seems we need a scratch and sniff feature on this forum.

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#11 posted 05-31-2015 04:19 AM

Looks kind of like kingwood. If it weren’t for the purple, I’d say it was desert ironwood with the smell.

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#12 posted 05-31-2015 11:28 AM

Well, now that we have that settled….
Any chance you can revisit that local lumber yard and ask them?

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#13 posted 05-31-2015 12:23 PM

It looks like Black Walnut

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#14 posted 05-31-2015 12:56 PM

I would have to guess Purpleheart. The only wood that smells worse is Yellowheart.

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#15 posted 06-01-2015 03:35 PM

Next time I go the lumber yard I’ll bring it with me and see if they recall. I’m not convinced it’s purple heart… I’ve never noticed an unpleasant smell with it before. I’ve used quite a bit of it recently. After I made that first initial cut the smell was so overwhelming, I’ve since had to store the piece outside. Thank you everyone for your responses.

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