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12-01-2014 09:49 AM

Been trying to identify this wood but can’t seem to pinpoint it. It’seems as heavy and dense as can be. Looks like the lighter ( worm eaten) areas are some kind of outer bark. Definitely heartwood of some sort. Very difficult to work with, but after a little elbow grease and some dulled blades, this!!!!

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 11:39 AM

It looks like black walnut to me

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 12:02 PM

Looks like walnut to me too

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 02:04 PM

+ another for black walnut. Where did it come from?

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 02:08 PM

@ biggblockyeti … it came from a WALNUT TREE you silly goose :-)

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#5 posted 12-01-2014 03:20 PM

Not sure what it is, but doesn’t look like walnut to me. Could be wrong!

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 05:20 PM

Beautiful wood- it would help if you’d tell us where you got it. It looks like walnut, but at the same time it doesn’t, and “very difficult to work with” doesn’t generally jibe with walnut.

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#7 posted 12-01-2014 07:33 PM

Looks like air-dried walnut to me.


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#8 posted 12-01-2014 07:40 PM

Kind of a shot in the dark but Red Gum?


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#9 posted 12-01-2014 07:46 PM

Looks like black walnut. Grain looks correct, and I’ve worked with some that’s had the same sort of streaks (black, blue, purple).

Black walnut isn’t necessarily difficult to work with, but it can be quite a pain when it comes to tearout.

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#10 posted 12-02-2014 01:42 AM

I also believe it to be black walnut.

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#11 posted 12-02-2014 01:49 AM

I don’t know, but it sure is beautiful!

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#12 posted 12-02-2014 01:56 AM

It’s definitely walnut. I’ve got some just like it in my shop. It’s not steamed. Black walnut that has been steamed loses the color variations seen in your photo.

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#13 posted 12-03-2014 04:06 PM

My walnut shows less grain movement, tighter grain and smaller pores. Color like oxidized purpleheart or one of the many Dalbergia (rosewood) species.

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#14 posted 12-03-2014 04:19 PM

Looks like Walnut to me. I’ve seen that purple haze too.

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#15 posted 12-03-2014 04:21 PM

Walnut smells like walnut.


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