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Raftermonkey

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08-15-2010 12:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question wood turning sphere log what is this

Hey folks, My mom owns a high end antique shop. She bought these at “market” in Atlanta a coupla weeks ago. They’re both heavy as all get out. The one in log form is hard as a rock, in fact it really feels like a rock. I don’t know if it is petrified or what. She didn’t get any info on either of them when she impulsively bought them (which is unlike her), but she’s not selling them. They are for her own personal enjoyment. She won’t let me cut a little chunk off the bottom of it either,haha. The other one is an almost perfect sphere. I would like to see the lathe used to turn this 2’ tall bohemoth. Anyway, anybody got any ideas as to what kind of wood they are?
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-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"


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#1 posted 08-15-2010 12:57 AM

Looks like redwood burl to me

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 04:01 AM

Amboyna top one (possibly, hard to guess from the photo) and the bottom is koa or monkeypod.

If the weight is extreme on the first one definitely an Asiatic exotic.

-- Kyle Edwards, http://www.sawmillnc.com, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 04:51 AM

The first one could be Amboyna Burl but I have worked with a lot of Amboyna Burl and I have never seen a piece quite like that. I could be much more certain if I saw a cut into the heart wood.

As an FYI – The Amboyna Burl comes from the Narra tree. You may wonder why it is not called “Narra Burl”. The Narra trees on Amboyna Island (SE Asia) became famous for their burl wood and people referred to them as “Amboyna Burl” (i.e. Burl from Amboyna Island). IMHO – the wood should be called “Narra Burl”

I suggest you do a google search on “Amboyna Burl” and see if the pictures you see are like the wood you have. It is a GREAT (and expensive) wood.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 07:36 PM

I have looked at some images of Amboyna Burl online and the outside of this log looks almost identical to the pics I saw. The only thing that is throwing me off is that the log she got looks just like it was cut from a whole log (it doesn’t look like a protrusion like most burls look, hanging off the side of a log). She paid $110 for it and she did ask the guy what kind of tree it was from, but he didn’t know. He said he thought it may be some kind of Cyprus, but I’ve never seen a Cyprus like that. I offered her $200 for it so I could cut it open but it ain’t happening. She won’t come off of it.Arghh

Any ideas on the second set of pics?

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 08:59 PM

monkey pod or koa root.

-- Kyle Edwards, http://www.sawmillnc.com, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 04:58 AM

What I believe you’ve got is desert ironwood. It is extremely dense, which koa root and monkey pod are not. Amboyna burl is a possibility, but the smooth polish and dark red color are almost a dead giveaway for ironwood. It grows in the Sonora desert in Arizona and New Mexico. A related species grows in Texas.

Unless you have a carbide tipped bandsaw, I wouldn’t suggest trying to slice off a piece. Also, ironwood, and occasionally mesquite as well, tends to incorporate grit and stones into itself. Gives a real nasty surprise during sawing.

-- Allan

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