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Forum topic by Notw posted 05-31-2016 12:20 PM 244 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2016 12:20 PM

I recently received a few pieces of wood that were left over scrap from a flooring install my father in law did. He said the flooring was made up of different species of African wood but I can’t find anything that looks close to this. Thanks for any help.


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#1 posted 05-31-2016 01:08 PM

If it is nice and solid with no punkyness, it could be olive wood.

If there are punky areas ,it could be some sort of spalted wood. Spalted wood is basically wood that has started to rot a little which is what causes dark margins in the wood. They can sometimes have some pretty soft or punky areas in them where the rotting is a little more advanced. Spalted maple often looks just like this but I have seen spalted sycamore that looks like this too. Once it has started to look like this it can be more difficult to ID the wood (at least for me) especially just from a picture.

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 01:23 PM

It had some punky areas that I had to cut off so I definitely think it is some sort of spalting. Based on picture online I was leaning towards a Maple or Hackberry. Just didn’t know if there are any African woods that even spalted had this sort of coloring?

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 01:48 PM

Maple or hackberry are a good guess. Magnolia and sycamore are 2 others I have seen. I am not familiar with any imported woods that are spalted but someone else may have seen some. Just about any wood could technically be spalted though most are light colored woods that you normally see. Most of the exotic woods tend to be darker woods that already have interesting or unusual grain patterns to begin with so I would be less likely to be spalted.

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