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01-29-2018 02:46 PM

Hi there, I’m a 3d artist that has been asked to recreate this product and I need to identify the wood. It’s a high whiskey produced in Japan. I’ve spent hours searching different types of woods but couldn’t nail it. Pardon the pun.

Experts please step up! ;)


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#1 posted 01-29-2018 05:56 PM

The Japanese import humungous amounts of wood from all over the world so it could be hard to identify. Is it a soft wood or hard?

Obviously based the growth rings it is a fast growing wood. Monterey pine would be one soft wood that grows very fast.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 01-29-2018 06:15 PM

is there any way to contact the manufacturer and ask them

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#3 posted 01-29-2018 06:18 PM

Are you going to help someone create forgeries? Ethics check…

(Such criminal activity does abound, and a 35 year old Hibiki is exactly the kind of product where it would pay to do so).

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#4 posted 01-29-2018 06:49 PM

Hi all thanks for the response. Gargey, it’s for an advertising agency, a 3d print render not a physical product. So nothing illegal going on. Les, we only have a photo reference which is rather low. I appreciate you giving me some feedback on how the grow. That certainly helps. And Karda, I thought of contacting them but as it is a gift to say thank you, we want to keep it under wraps until it’s done. Thanks all for the comments.

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#5 posted 01-29-2018 07:02 PM

The wood that’s in the picture looks a lot like port orford cedar. It also looks a lot like cedar of Lebanon. They will both have a lovely aromatic smell. Port orford smells like ginger and cedar of Lebanon smells like god. :)

-- Aj

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#6 posted 01-29-2018 07:04 PM

Thanks for input Aj, I’ll add them to my searching list. ;)

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#7 posted 01-29-2018 08:17 PM

I would say alder.

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#8 posted 01-29-2018 08:35 PM



I would say alder.

- TheFridge

DOH!!! I was too late…

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#9 posted 01-29-2018 08:51 PM

More for the list, thanks guys.

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#10 posted 01-29-2018 08:58 PM


The wood that s in the picture looks a lot like port orford cedar. It also looks a lot like cedar of Lebanon. They will both have a lovely aromatic smell. Port orford smells like ginger and cedar of Lebanon smells like god. :)

- Aj2

??? Looks nothing like Port Orford…

Looks more like Paulownia, which is very common over there.

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#11 posted 01-29-2018 09:03 PM

Given the product, I’d say Japanese Cedar

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#12 posted 01-29-2018 09:21 PM



I would say alder.

- TheFridge


But not 100%? :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#13 posted 01-29-2018 09:30 PM

+1 on a type of cedar (most are actually cypress) and given the the Japanese propensity to keep everything Japanese, I would assume a native species, though perhaps they went for a more expensive import. There may be several varieties of cedar that may give you a close enough match in grain.

BTW, I wouldn’t add alder to your list. Several goofs here try to be the first to respond to every wood ID thread with “alder”...long running joke.

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#14 posted 01-29-2018 09:42 PM


The wood that s in the picture looks a lot like port orford cedar. It also looks a lot like cedar of Lebanon. They will both have a lovely aromatic smell. Port orford smells like ginger and cedar of Lebanon smells like god. :)

- Aj2

??? Looks nothing like Port Orford…

Looks more like Paulownia, which is very common over there.

- gargey

It is my understanding that paulownia is not too common much of anywhere…that’s why they buy a lot of it here. When I first looked at what it is I thought of paulownia as well, they hold that wood in high regard for certain things. Not real sure if casing a bottle of special whiskey is one of them though. I have heard that ashes are intered in paulownia wood urns, and that fathers give their daughters a “dowery” made of it.
All that said, I am not seeing the big open pores typically in paulownia. Paulownia is also more gray in color with sometimes purple hues running thru the grain, but then again that is a pretty poor photo for detail…could maybe be paulownia on second look. Here is some photos of some of mine…

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#15 posted 01-29-2018 10:57 PM

It’s defiantly not paulownia I see the big open pores yuk. If that bottle is some special booze then it’s box is one of their coveted cypress woods. I remember reading some wood grown in Japan does not leave Japan. Port orford cedar is really a cypress. And I know clear quarter sawn is highly coveted and very expensive.
I’ve had the pleasure of building a deck from Port orford and it has that soft smoky look.
Hinoki Cypress is very popler in Japan.

-- Aj

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