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06-30-2012 06:16 PM

I was at Hughes Hardwoods in Chico, Ca. and they had a few boards labeled ‘Mystery wood’. Someone had these boards in the trunk of their car and Hughes bought them. My friend who has milled a lot of walnut thinks some kind of walnut. I has a pink region in the middle, some definite chatoyance, some insect damage on one side, and interesting grain. I would like to be able to label it on the box it will become. Any ideas?

Hobbit House wasn’t much help with this one. I bought the nicest one. They all had some damage on one side.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!


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#1 posted 06-30-2012 06:24 PM

Here’s a picture of some walnut I have if you want to try and compare. I know it varies, but….

That’s after going through the planer and with some mineral spirits rubbed on one area so I could see the color. That first photo, the walnut is a bit reddish, most of the rest I have is more chocolate brown, but look at the grain in this next one…

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 06:26 PM

Looks like walnut…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 06-30-2012 06:29 PM

It looks close, Charlie. I do think it is Walnut, but I would like some definite ‘name’. You know, something fancy or exotic!!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 06:30 PM

Whatever it is I like it! Is it Brazillian Cherry (if it is hard and heavy) or perhaps Narra. I have some Berlinia that looks similar.

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 06:36 PM

I’ve heard of Claro Walnut. My dad has a several hundred bd ft of a black walnut tree he cut down and it doesn’t look like any of that.

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#6 posted 06-30-2012 06:41 PM

I dont think its walnut either. The smell/odor when being cut may help some. But, I dont have a guess as to what it is.

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#7 posted 06-30-2012 07:05 PM

If it’s a walnut species, just remember not to get the sawdust or shavings around any horses.

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#8 posted 06-30-2012 07:32 PM

actually… kinda looks like plain sawn butternut. (white walnut, golden walnut) so a member of the walnut family tree. If that pink-ish area would be near the middle of the log, that would make me believe butternut even more :)

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#9 posted 06-30-2012 10:21 PM

How dense is it? Walnut is of course not very dense, but all the Butternut I’ve had is even less dense and more.. stringy..

It looks very much like either of those. One of my favourite things about Walnut and Butternut is that they show a dramatic different from tree to tree depending on the specific growing environments of that tree. I have some “swamp” walnut that looks more like your piece.

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#10 posted 06-30-2012 11:46 PM

I have seen honey locust that looks pink. Its not as heavy as black locust. It does have big growth rings. bob

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#11 posted 07-01-2012 01:41 AM

I agree wit katdaddy. Whatever it is, it’s purrrrdeee

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#12 posted 07-01-2012 01:42 AM

Do you have an end shot of the board? that grain looks familiar, but not for something in your area.

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#13 posted 07-01-2012 03:05 AM

Maybe it’s California Walnut that just wants to be different. I will take some shots of the end of the board tomorrow in good light. I put some natural watco oil on the back of it and it did get darker. The light pink turned purple. It is about as dense as some Walnut I have, but not the really dark Black Walnut. I kind of like the Swamp Walnut name. Perhaps this soaked up some minerals as it was growing.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#14 posted 07-01-2012 03:41 AM

Looks like it was sawn for guitars. Ask LMI staff if they have an idea.

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