Can someone please identify this wood for me?

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Forum topic by twig posted 07-27-2011 08:20 AM 1122 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2011 08:20 AM

Hey y’all!

I don’t post much, but I do love to come and read and look at projects for inspiration. I have a question, though. I acquired this gorgeous piece of wood today but don’t have a clue what it is. It’s 18”x16”, is 2” thick and is stunningly beautiful. I just don’t know what it is. :) Any help in identification would be MOST appreciated!! ^_^ Thank you so much!!


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#1 posted 07-27-2011 12:09 PM

Here’s the direct link to a larger image that you can Zoom in on:

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 02:50 PM

to be 100% honest, it looks like resin, not wood. There’s no deliniations of the standard characteristics I’ve seen in wood. No contrasting colored grain, no concentric circles, and if that’s supposed to be “bark” on the outside, no separate layers of heartwood/sapwood.

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 03:47 PM

It’s a burl of some type. If I had to guess, I’d say maple.

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 04:46 PM

It looks a LOT like the maple burl I have.

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 04:46 PM

Redwood burl…99.9% sure.

Google images for redwood burl and you’ll see some very similar-looking wood.

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#6 posted 07-27-2011 04:47 PM

I’m leaning with Bently…I think it’s a softwood burl, perhaps fir (red or doug) or maybe pine. Redwood an excellent possibility.

Aroma would be a nice clue to add to the mix. What’s it smell like when you open it up, Twig?



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#7 posted 07-27-2011 07:47 PM

Burl has that homogenous look. I have seen a lot of maple burl. It looks a bit bland for maple to me, but I don’t know what it is.

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#8 posted 07-28-2011 01:00 AM

Thank y’all so much for your responses! I’m thinking it’s either Redwood or Douglas Fir. Both of those trees are plentiful around my area. I’m sorry I couldn’t get better pictures, the grain in this burl is amazing. There’s some edge cracking, but it’s a stunning piece of wood. Not sure what to do with it. lol I just HAD to have it. Going to change my name to The Wood Collector. ^_^

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