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richgreer

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1261 days ago

I was just at the exotic hardwood store and I saw a piece of wood I have never heard of before, Curly Sepang. I was curious so I bought it ($15 for 2×2x24). I came home and got on the internet to see what I could learn about this wood. So far – nothing.

Has anyone heard of this wood and can you tell me something about it and/or point me to where I could learn more? I’m particularly interested in knowing how it will turn.

Thanx in advance.

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


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Bertha

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#1 posted 1261 days ago

I’ve never heard about it. But I’ve never met a curly wood I didn’t like!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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NBeener

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#2 posted 1261 days ago

Didn’t he play for the Harlem Globetrotters ???

-- -- Neil

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Bertha

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#3 posted 1261 days ago

I literally spit out my drink at that^
Literally.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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saddletramp

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#4 posted 1261 days ago

Nope, he was one of the Three Stooges.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Viktor

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#5 posted 1261 days ago

It is most likely Sappan (Caesalpinia sappan). I believe Sepang is just another pronunciation.
There is some description of the wood here. Does it look similar?
http://www.worldagroforestrycentre.org/sea/Products/AFDbases/af/asp/SpeciesInfo.asp?SpID=17959

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richgreer

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#6 posted 1261 days ago

As soon as I get the battery charged for my camera, I will take a picture of this wood and post it. It has a very interesting grain. It’s a tan colored wood with grain lines that almost look like pencil lines running through the wood in a wavy/curly fashion. The “pencil lines” are about 1/16” apart.

FWIW – The guy at the hardwood store knew nothing about it – which is unusual for him.

btw – At the store I saw a piece of 10/4 pink ivory that measured 10” by 48”. I’ve never seen a piece of pink ivory that large. They want $1200 for it. I did not buy it but I will gladly tell anyone where they can locate this piece.

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

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Paul2274

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#7 posted 1261 days ago

That was great Neil. Bertha I almost spit out a granola bar!!!!

Paul

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TheBossQ

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#8 posted 1261 days ago

Seems Viktor is correct. Sepang and Sappan are likely the same.

http://www.thewoodexplorer.com/maindata/we208.html

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BigTiny

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#9 posted 1261 days ago

$150 per board foot is kinda out of my range, even for pink ivory.

I wonder, do they get pink ivory from pink elephants?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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richgreer

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#10 posted 1261 days ago

I have a small piece of pink ivory (about .5 bf) that I paid $50 for several years ago. I keep wondering – What will I ever make that merits a wood this expensive? I also wonder – Just why did I buy this?

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

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TMcG

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#11 posted 1261 days ago

You have an exotic hardwood store !!?? Damn ! Though, in a lot of ways, I’m sorta glad I don’t.

Looking forward to seeing the pictures

-- http://wood.mcgivern.org

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richgreer

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#12 posted 1261 days ago

My “exotic hardwood store” is a retailer of hardwoods in general. They sell a lot of domestic hardwoods but they also have a nice selection of exotics. If curious, it is Hills Hardwoods in Iowa City, Iowa.

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

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#13 posted 1261 days ago

Lol…....

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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TMcG

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#14 posted 1261 days ago

Nice, that must be both great and instantly challenging all at the same time !

-- http://wood.mcgivern.org

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