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Forum topic by Kean posted 02-12-2015 02:34 AM 889 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2015 02:34 AM

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Can anyone identify this wood? I’m thinking either Ash or Beech, but I’m not sure…


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#1 posted 02-12-2015 05:51 AM

It’s not always easy to identify a wood from a picture, but in this case you have a dead give-away: the unusual amount of bend. That’s beech, which is famous for bending. The original Thonet bentwood chairs were made of solid beech.

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 11:06 AM

What Bobro said! ‘Though, I am no expert!

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 11:37 AM

Quarter sawn Beech.

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 12:47 PM

It is a diffuse porous hardwood with good ray fleck from what I can see. That would make it beech or sycamore, and the ray fleck is not as heavy as what I see in sycamore. So, I, too, am in the Beech Camp.

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#5 posted 02-13-2015 04:45 PM

The object is, if you hadn’t already guessed, a cheese hoop (mold). The folks over at cheeseforum concur that’s it’s probably European beech as well, although I got this response from one of the vendors who sell it:

Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, the manufacturer will not give a specific answer to this question for some proprietary reason, but is it is supposed to be similar to white pine.

It certainly doesn’t look like any pine or relative thereof that I’ve ever seen so I think they are misinformed. I was hoping that it might be ash, as I can get ash in plentiful supply at good prices here. Beech is lot more expensive and difficult to get. Although still not as expensive as the $135 they want for one hoop.

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