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Forum topic by Aaron Board posted 09-30-2010 02:08 PM 835 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2010 02:08 PM

This was given to me as an unknown tropical hardwood. I’m told it is from South America, but the guy that gave it to me wasn’t even so sure about that. It has a faint coconut smell to it. The sample that you are looking at is about 9” x 18” so you can get an idea of the proportions of those curious leopard-like spots. It has pretty wide open pores like mahogany. It is unfinished in this pic.

Thanks in advance!!

Aaron


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#1 posted 09-30-2010 03:11 PM

This is only a guess but this looks like it could be Pau Rosa. This is sometimes called Tulip Wood (not to be confused with a much duller N. American tulip wood).

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

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 06:20 PM

I had some material given to me by a friend who used to live and work wood in Trinidad, and it was very similar.

There are many species of mahogany (I think this is one of them), and he gave me the common name they called it, but I never could find it in a textbook or on the web.

I don’t have any left or I could locate it to compare, but I will call and see if he still remembers what he gave me (it was about 11 years ago).

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 07:49 PM

Thanks guys for chiming in. I found out that it is Cerejeira – or Brazilian Oak. My local hardwoods supply guy recognized it instantly.

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 08:00 PM

Wow! I think I know quite a bit about exotic woods, but this is a new one for me. I’d never heard of Cerejeira. Now I have to try to find some. It looks very interesting. I can see a faint resemblance to oak in the grain.

FWIW – - I found some descriptive information here

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/cerejeira.htm

but, after trying 3 internet sources, I have yet to find any for sale.

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

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 08:09 PM

Yeah, it is definitely a ring-porous wood.

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