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12-14-2016 12:44 AM

I bought this 6×6 3ft tall block of wood at a excotic/high end hardwood lumberyard. It was in the front office and the owner had no idea what exactly it was. It has a lot of figure.

As you can see I am in the process of turning it into a peppermill and would love to know exactly what kind of wood it is.
Any help would be much appreciated!!

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#1 posted 12-14-2016 12:49 AM

Just a guess but it has the look of Elm, or possibly Mulberry.

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#2 posted 12-14-2016 12:53 AM

Thanks for the guess Shane!

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#3 posted 12-14-2016 02:30 AM

No clue, it’s so hard for me to tell with these things, all I wanted to say is that you’re gonna have a very nice pepper mill. I got a hunk of mulberry a couple weeks ago and it was very yellow. I’ve never worked with it before, so maybe it mellows out over time.

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#4 posted 12-14-2016 02:35 AM

Thanks Travis! I think so as well

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#5 posted 12-14-2016 03:19 AM

I have no idea what it is.
It sure is a awesome piece of wood perfect for a pepper mill.


-- Aj

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#6 posted 12-14-2016 05:12 AM

Caribbean Rosewood is my guess. It looks a little too light colored to me but if it is VERY hard and HEAVY could be what is t is. No matter what it is it looks great!

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#7 posted 12-14-2016 05:39 AM

Thanks for your imput punkin!
Yes it is very hard and heavy. It has been a real challenge to turn down I have been getting a lot of tear out the smaller diameter I go.

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#8 posted 12-14-2016 12:02 PM

It looks like pecan or hickory crouch. If it is, you should tell by smell of it.


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#9 posted 12-14-2016 12:43 PM

I am with mahdee. Looks like pecan or hickory to me. Of course, pecan is a hickory.

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#10 posted 12-14-2016 01:18 PM

Dang, that’s a BIG peppermill. Will be NICE when done.

Sorry, but I’m terrible at identifying wood.

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#11 posted 12-14-2016 02:29 PM

Whatever it is it is from the crotch of a tree. I like the mulberry or elm possibilities. I don’t think it is Caribbean Rosewood, that is way too light in color to be that, and Caribbean Rosewood also has dark streaks in it. I have one other possibility that may be way out there/ improbable and that is a crotch from some form of Satinwood species, perhaps Movingui.

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#12 posted 12-14-2016 02:59 PM

looks a bit like peckerwood.

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#13 posted 12-14-2016 03:16 PM

looks a bit like peckerwood.

- Snipes


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#14 posted 12-14-2016 09:46 PM

wood identification can be really tricky, but here is site that has more species with full descriptions than any other site I have ever seen.

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#15 posted 12-14-2016 09:51 PM

looks a bit like peckerwood.

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