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10-24-2010 12:03 AM

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Howdy Folks,

I have recently come across a piece of wood that was given to me at a lumber yard where I buy all my lumber (I’m a woodworker). The name of the wood is “Danto”.
I can find next to nothing in regards to the history and use of the wood.
The most I can find on the web is the scientific name of “Roupala Montana” but that’s all. Other then it is said to be native of the Costa Rican area.
I’ve gone as far as emailing a saw mill in Costa Rica for information only to hear they have none.
Attached is a picture of the Danto wood next to a piece of Poplar wood.
Any information (use related or not) would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much,

K. Plante

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 01:46 AM

Very interesting wood. I often think that we in North America have gotten short changed. All the really pretty and interesting woods are from other places, most of them in the southern hemisphere.

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

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 02:32 AM

Mystery solved…
I posted the same question to the University of British Columbia forum that I frequent (Gardening is my second passion). A reply came from a individual from Ecuador stating that in his country the tree “Vatairea lundelli”is also known as Danto:
Cross referencing the info I also found the wood has another nickname of Bitterwood. When I was working on the project that I used the wood for, some saw dust got on my lip and noticed a awful bitter taste (not to say any wood taste good).
At any rate I’m that much more educated.
Here’s the project I used the wood for:

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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