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kmetzger

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180 days ago

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, http://tinyurl.com/7w5fm25


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#1 posted 180 days ago

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

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#2 posted 180 days ago

Does it have an odor?

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#3 posted 180 days ago

I’m thinking mesquite.

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#4 posted 180 days ago

Two more shots. No cocobolo

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico, http://tinyurl.com/7w5fm25

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#5 posted 180 days ago

Looks like the mesquite we get here in southern AZ.

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#6 posted 180 days ago

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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kmetzger

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#7 posted 180 days ago

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

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico, http://tinyurl.com/7w5fm25

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WDHLT15

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#8 posted 180 days ago

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

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wbrisett

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#9 posted 179 days ago

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 179 days ago

Donde en mexico? En el valle?

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#11 posted 179 days ago

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

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#12 posted 179 days ago

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

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kmetzger

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#13 posted 179 days ago

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

Pithecellobium dulce
Fabaceae – Mimosoideae
(Roxb.) Benth.

LOCAL NAMES
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.

www.worldagroforestry.org/treedb/AFTPDFS/Pithecellobium_dulce.pdf‎

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico, http://tinyurl.com/7w5fm25

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#14 posted 179 days ago

Monkeypod?

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