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04-02-2017 01:55 AM

I recently picked up some veneer at an auction. And need help to identify it. I have been told that it might be Quilted Mahogany but am not sure. any help would be appreciated.

-- doug

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#1 posted 04-02-2017 02:01 AM

Good looking stuff.Its defiantly quilted.
Nice score.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 04-02-2017 04:04 AM

Possibly madrone burl.

That sample image doesn’t have as much red but the veneers I’ve seen in person do.

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#3 posted 04-02-2017 04:37 AM

If you would Google Quilted Mahogany then select Images and scroll down the page there are pictures similar to yours. However as LJ – JAAune indicates you may have burl. A forester may be able to help determine Quilt versus Burl and the species.

Check website of local university and see if the have a forestry program. One of the faculty may be able to help you.
Second find a local or online wood collector and see if they or there organizations volunteers can assist you in identification.

-- Wuddoc

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#4 posted 04-02-2017 04:42 AM

I also say madrone.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 04-02-2017 05:03 AM

Madrone burl was my first thought as well but it is never easy to tell from a photo.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 04-02-2017 02:47 PM

Veneer is the most difficult to ID, mainly because if a wood has some rare quality or figure, it gets sliced up and you lose any end grain to help with the ID.
Beautiful figure in any case!

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#7 posted 04-02-2017 04:01 PM

I vote Madrone as well, I happen to have several sheets that look like they could have come from the same flitch.
Mine came from Veneer Supplies

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#8 posted 04-04-2017 04:13 PM

I have a 3” chunk of what was sold to me as Madrone Burl,
A dry picture, then a couple of pics with it wet.

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#9 posted 04-04-2017 06:17 PM

Could be Madrone, but I would also wager that it might be Pelin or Roble Burl as well.



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#10 posted 04-04-2017 09:29 PM

I have a bunch of Pelin burl and I thought of that as well but with only pictures …. I’m sticking with Madrone.
There are a few candidates though.
Smell, texture, hardness, chatoyance, flexibility, etc. can all help in an “in person” ID but we don’t have those so we’re guessing ….... Madrone.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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