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Gatorjim

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10-10-2013 11:47 PM

I bought a box of cut offs from rockler and this is one of the pieces. I am making a pen out of it and would love to know what kind of wood it is to tell the person I am gifting the pen to.
Thanks
Jim

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.


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Elizabeth

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 11:51 PM

Maybe cocobolo? Does it feel kind of dense and a little oily?

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 12:22 AM

yes to both questions. the box was exotic hard woods

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 01:10 AM

I agree. Cocobolo.

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 02:27 AM

It might be ziricote. Take a look through some of these pictures and I bet you’ll see some similarities. If not, it could be macassar ebony. Both are tan in color with jet black grain lines with a tendency to be highly irregular.

I don’t think it’s cocobolo based on the color since it is usually somewhere between orange and dark brown in color, although it does have irregular black grain lines..

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 11:57 AM

I wouldn’t think Cocobolo because of the color, although I’ve seen some supposed Cocobolo that was all a light brown. Perhaps Wenge?

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bigblockyeti

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 12:09 PM

The cocobolo shown in the book I just got for my birthday looks a bit more burgundy than gray, this could be due to oxidation I suppose. It would be nice to look at the wood and at least narrow it down based on what it could be, instead of trying to memorize the book.

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#7 posted 10-11-2013 12:42 PM

Maybe some flat sawn zebrawood?

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alohafromberkeley

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#8 posted 10-11-2013 07:03 PM

Bocote or Ziricote…They are both Codia spp.I’m leaning towards Bocote… Bocote has yellow backgrounds and Ziricote has grey backgrounds.

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#9 posted 10-11-2013 07:22 PM

Doesn’t look like the bocote I’ve had my hands on, but that’s a limited amount.

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