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01-15-2014 01:46 AM

I got this wood from a man who cuts trees here in central Mexico, but he wasn’t sure what it is either. I turned the mallet from it. Any ideas?

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 01:48 AM

Hard to tell from the pictures but it kind of looks like Cocobola, is it heavy, oily?

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 01:52 AM

Does it have an odor?

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 01:52 AM

I’m thinking mesquite.

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#4 posted 01-15-2014 01:54 AM

Two more shots. No cocobolo

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#5 posted 01-15-2014 01:55 AM

Looks like the mesquite we get here in southern AZ.

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#6 posted 01-15-2014 02:44 AM

The grain and sapwood look like the mesquite I get in Texas but the color of yours appears more orange than I have seen.

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#7 posted 01-15-2014 04:18 AM

Thanks, everybody. Yes, it must be mesquite. I’m going to get more and let the students turn bowls and other things with it. It’s still green and is easy to turn and looks great.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#8 posted 01-15-2014 04:47 AM

Looks a bit like a fruit tree, like an apple or a pear tree.

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#9 posted 01-15-2014 10:22 AM

That certainly does look like mesquite. The outer yellow ring in particular gives us a clue. That’s also the part of the wood that the boring worms love. If you see signs of boring then that’s a dead give away that it is mesquite. If you do see signs of boring, you may still have the insect in the wood. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cut into mesquite and actually discovered the larvae still alive (or sometimes cut directly into them… yuck!). The beauty of working with one of the most beautiful woods around! :)

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#10 posted 01-15-2014 10:46 AM

Donde en mexico? En el valle?

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#11 posted 01-15-2014 12:54 PM

I’d toss a scrap in the BBQ and see how it smells.


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#12 posted 01-15-2014 03:49 PM

It looks a little like juniper in the pictures, but then you would have that aromatic cedar smell.

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#13 posted 01-15-2014 07:34 PM

It’s not mesquite after all, it seems. Our Mexican woodworking instructor tells me it’s guamuchil.

Pithecellobium dulce
Fabaceae – Mimosoideae
(Roxb.) Benth.

English (blackbead tree, bread and cheese tree, madras thorn, manila tamarind, vilayati chinch, sweet Inga, quamachil)
Spanish (madre de flecha,guamuchil,guama americano,quamachil)

Timber: Sapwood is yellowish, and heartwood yellowish or reddish-brown. The wood of P. dulce is strong and durable yet soft and flexible. It is moderately hard and usually straight grained. It weighs about 590 kg/m³, is easy to saw and finishes to a smooth surface. In south India, it is used to make drums, while in China, it is said to be used for matches. It can be used in construction and for posts. The short spines and irregular, crooked growth make it less attractive for wood uses.‎

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#14 posted 01-15-2014 07:46 PM


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