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soob

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08-20-2015 01:32 PM

I got this from a local wood dealer. They call it “monkeywood” and say it’s from Peru. It was cheap. It’s not one I’m familiar with and the name doesn’t score any matches when I search for it.

The face grain is kind of plain, as you can see, but the end grain makes for a neat bowl. The piece in the picture is about 6” wide and has a couple coats of clear shellac.


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derrickparks57

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#1 posted 08-20-2015 02:43 PM

I don’t have the faintest idea what it is, but it’s awesome looking!

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#2 posted 08-20-2015 03:17 PM

Ah, thanks.

I can’t believe I messed up the title to the thread. It was supposed to be

“What would this be?”

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#3 posted 08-20-2015 05:17 PM

It looks very similar to Peruvian Monkey Puzzle – endangered.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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mahdee

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#4 posted 08-20-2015 05:45 PM

Looks like sycamore.

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#5 posted 08-20-2015 06:15 PM

It looks highly toxic. If you have an more of it, you need to send it to me before you get sick. I will, um, dispose of it appropriately. ;-)

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#6 posted 08-20-2015 07:42 PM

Tornillo?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 08-20-2015 08:52 PM

Did they say Monkeypod possibly? That’s the only one from Peru that is even close to that name although being that light it would have to be sapwood or just a weird piece because Monkeypod is usually darker and its real name is Samanea saman.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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soob

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#8 posted 08-20-2015 10:51 PM

They definitely said monkey “wood” and not “pod.”

As far as it being sapwood, I don’t think it is, but I’m not totally sure. The blanks were all sealed with wax. A few that had some gray corners under the wax (the blanks appeared orange-ish), which I assumed but did not confirm was sapwood.

As far as weight, it’s fairly light for an exotic wood and the hardness seems to be intermediate, but I didn’t try to dent it or anything.

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#9 posted 08-21-2015 03:19 AM

Any chance you have a pic of the bowl blank before you started turning it?

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#10 posted 08-21-2015 03:39 AM



Any chance you have a pic of the bowl blank before you started turning it?

- UpstateNYdude

A bowl !! HaHa .. I thought it was a door knob.

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#11 posted 08-21-2015 04:21 AM

Ouch! For that one, once I saw the end grain I decided to emphasize it with a plain shape and steep walls. I never said I was good. That’s why I try to find interesting wood and spend so much time sanding and polishing. People look at it and say, how beautiful!—as if you’d grown the tree.

I don’t have a picture of that blank, but I have another one. For what it’s worth. It’s waxed and I didn’t have time to plane it off for a picture.

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#12 posted 08-21-2015 11:52 AM

Looks like a light color snake wood.

-- Brian Noel

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#13 posted 08-21-2015 11:54 AM


Ouch! For that one, once I saw the end grain I decided to emphasize it with a plain shape and steep walls. I never said I was good. That s why I try to find interesting wood and spend so much time sanding and polishing. People look at it and say, how beautiful!—as if you d grown the tree.

- soob

Looks pretty darn good to me! But I do like shiny stuff.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#14 posted 08-21-2015 01:57 PM

Look at this one. It is monkeypod the end grain is really pronounced.
http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/monkeypod/

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#15 posted 08-22-2015 07:02 PM


Any chance you have a pic of the bowl blank before you started turning it?

- UpstateNYdude

A bowl !! HaHa .. I thought it was a door knob.

- Yonak

Don’t feel bad originally when I looked at it I thought that exact same thing. I was like “Damn, that is one cool doorknob” then I read the post and it was a bowl lol.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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