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Forum topic by Brandon posted 11-24-2011 12:27 AM 1269 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2011 12:27 AM

See how I worded that. I said challenge to get you interested, but it’s really just another I need help figuring out what it is. This is a bowl blank that was given to me. Any suggestions? See photos and scanned images below:

It’s not as purple as the scanned image appears to be.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 11-24-2011 09:00 AM


Considering you said it’s not that purple, and as purpleheart pretty much doesn’t spalt as seen in the last picture, I vote for woman’s tongue. Go to,. and see what I mean. It’s rare.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 11-25-2011 07:39 PM

It looks like Walnut with spalted sapwood.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 12:57 AM

its really hard to tell from these pictures but i wouldn’t be surprised if it was more obscure species from the pictures. walnut is a good guess

-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 04:21 AM

Cocobolo? Katalox? did I win?

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 06:00 AM

Could be Hormigo/Hormiguillo if the colour is a lot more red/orange and a lot less (not at all) purple…more like the colour in the 2nd and 3rd pics. Hormigo is often sold as bowl and turning blanks and is commonly spalted.

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