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Forum topic by hunter71 posted 12-01-2009 01:33 PM 1231 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2009 01:33 PM

I am a bit of a collector as some of you know. Exotic woods just being one of the things I just have to bring home. I have found salvage companies that deal in building materials as being a good source for many S. American woods. Especially in the flooring dept. I have made a friend with one flooring manager by making him things from his scrap pile. He saves me out pieces that look interesting to him. He will saw one of just make a cut on another to see what is “inside”. Sunday he came to me with a purple wood, yes, it was from a pallet and was purple heart. Not a big piece but he says he sees it sometimes and will set it aside. The problem is that even though many are NAMED, they are incorrect. I try to identify them as best I can and have found this site.
to be quite helpful. Has anyone got any other useful identification information?

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 02:33 PM

USDA ForestService put out a publication #607”Tropical Timbers of the World”. 464 pages describes 370 tropical trees. Great reference- not color photos Also can have wood ID done by sending piece to Forest Products Lab in Madison Wisconsin. If you are a collector, you may want to join “The International Wood Collectors Society” . Great bunch of folks, have a magazine World of Wood.

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 05:08 PM

Hi Doug Thanks for the post,very interesting and a good source to find venere. I was so glad to FINALLY get to read something besides everybody begging one of the members not to quit the site. At first I thought what kind jesters letting him know not evrybody hated him but come on my inbox had like a hundred post of people saying the same thing. I’m glad we are back on track and talking about wood here. I never dreamed there were so many different types of wood. Do you know of any vendors that sell some exotic woods in bigger pieces rather than venere? Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 05:24 PM

Gary….. There are numerous places to buy exotic lumber. You can find everything from Anegre to Zebra wood online. The risk you take is not eing able to hand pick the lumber yourself. If you are lucky, you might have a lumber yard in your area that carries exotics. is a good source for searching nationally and locally. In the past I have ordered from and have been very pleased with their selection and the grade of lumber I ordered. Now, mind you, I have only ordered domestic species. But, they do carry a nice selection of exotics as well.

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#4 posted 12-01-2009 06:08 PM

I recently had some luan plywood that had paduak as an inner layer, it seems like such a waste, but maybe it is common where the ply is made.

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#5 posted 12-01-2009 06:11 PM

I have not seen your resource before, it is very good. I would also love to find out if any one else has others.
I teach woodshop and now and then we talk about the exotic woods, my students are amazed at the colors and grain patterns of some of them. I have a necklace I made out of purpleheart that totally amazes them. 90% of the wood they see in furniture and stuff is oak or pine, so to them maple, walnut and cherry are fairly cool (we are in rural Wisconsin). This will help me be able to show them types that I dont have…yet…

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 06:11 PM

Yea Doug
My faveriate wood ID site it’s great

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#7 posted 12-01-2009 06:54 PM

Hey Medicken, thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. There is one place close by that handles nothing but hard wood I haven’t been in there but once and that was a long time ago. After looking and having a heart attack I realized that I couldn’t afford what they had. L.O.L. And haven’t been back there since. Others that I talked to after that said yea they are REAL proud of their wood. But I guess when your the only game around you can put what ever price tag you want. I’m not brain dead and realize that hard wood and exotic wood is going to be more expensive than good old pine but my God how does a poor boy do it? I’m partially disabled and got shafted for disabilitie so the only income I get is what I can sell which isn’t much, the ol catch 22 . can’t buy the material so you can’t make anything to sell and since you don’t have anything to sell you can’t buy material. Know what I mean? I would rather hand pick my wood but if you can’t afford it you can’t pick it so I was just window sopping around to try and find some places that might be a little more reasonable. Any help from you or anybody else that might know of some sites I can go to would be appreciated. I’ll check out the two you gave me.Thanks to you and thanks Doug for letting me post this here on your post. Thanks to all for sharing

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