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WisconsinWoodsman

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10-23-2015 05:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood worm hole identify identification heavy dense

Hello all,

I volunteer at a ministry that is teaching woodworking to inmates and I was gifted with a gorgeous and very heavy board of unidentified origin/species. Please help me to get an idea as to what I have. At first I thought it was some wormy wood but the holes have this hard and brittle black material in the holes. I am attaching three pictures, the third of which is a picture of the end grain of the board. Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for the time and consideration!

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11


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McFly

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#1 posted 10-23-2015 08:17 AM

Got me stumped.

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laggi

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#2 posted 10-23-2015 09:25 AM

very interesting

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Slemi

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#3 posted 10-23-2015 09:58 AM

Holeywood. :) (hole-y-wood)

Sorry! Couldn’t help it!

Othervise very very interesting wood.

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WisconsinWoodsman

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#4 posted 10-23-2015 10:48 AM

I like the Holeywood idea but that also has me stumped. The reason I ask mainly is I don’t want to mill this piece only to have the black resin or whatever it is destroy my knives. Hopefully someone here could shed some light on this. Keep up the good work.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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WDHLT15

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#5 posted 10-23-2015 11:41 AM

Looks tropical to me.

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Tennessee

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#6 posted 10-23-2015 11:47 AM

What is really interesting is this obviously was not filled with a black epoxy or some other filler since you can clearly still see large planer or bandsaw marks where it was cut. Still pretty rough.

Either way, I looked around and the only thing I found that even remotely looks like this is this wormy and spalted elm:

In your piece, it looks like they not only brought the family, they brought all their friends also!
I know there are some boring insects that leave a resinous substance behind as they bore, but not like that.
I’m just not sure. You might want to ask your local forestry service – maybe they can enlighten you. I sure would not use it in a project until you know it is all dead, whatever caused the holes.

If you look at the grain only, it almost looks a bit like cyprus. Was it underwater maybe, and some kind of underwater creature invaded?

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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WisconsinWoodsman

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#7 posted 10-23-2015 02:38 PM

It has been sitting on my friend’s shelf for a while now and it was donated to hi!m so I believe everything is long dead and gone. I don’t knoiw if the hard “resin is from an invader as it is so uniform and almost completely fills the holes. I have never worked with cypress but I would rule that out as this has to be tropical in nature. I guess this because it is very dense and heavy, I would say even more so than Jatoba ” Brazilian cherry” which is the densest thing I have worked with. I weighed the board just now and got 13 lbs for a 10.5” x37.5” x1” board. This gives !me 4.76 lbs per board foot. I will look into this using this newfound information. Thank you all for looking and weighing in.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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Aj2

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#8 posted 10-23-2015 10:52 PM

Looks like pecky cypress ,but I don’t know if cypress is very heavy and hard.So maybe some other pecky species.
Looks very spooky just in time for Holloween.

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WisconsinWoodsman

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#9 posted 10-24-2015 12:24 AM

Thanks for the insight AJ, but what do you mean by pecky? Meaning picked by woodpeckers? Thank you in advance And have a Wonderful day/night!

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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David Taylor

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#10 posted 10-24-2015 01:37 AM

What do you think about palm? Sort of looks like it, though maybe not this exact species – http://www.keimlumber.com/coconutpalm

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LiveEdge

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#11 posted 10-24-2015 05:56 AM

In my opinion those holes are a natural feature of the wood. On the closeup i don’t see a single hole that “overlaps” with another. Had that been insect damage I would have guessed that at least once a bug would have dug into another bug’s tunnel and you would see two holes merge into each other.

it’s really interesting and I could find nothing like it. BTW, your weights give a calculation of about 57 lbs/cu ft. That’s the more common units.

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WisconsinWoodsman

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#12 posted 10-24-2015 12:17 PM

Yeah I looked into that and noticed the difference, I just didn’t post it here. Thanks for doing that for me.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#13 posted 10-24-2015 01:53 PM

I have no idea. Us LJs see a lot of weird wood pictures, but I think I can genuinely say that is the most interesting wood photo I have ever seen. Good luck.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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