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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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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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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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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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At first glance it looks like walnut. But the characteristic don't sound like walnut, at least to me. I've never thought of walnut as 'hard to work' or particularly heavy or dense compared to other hardwoods. Nor have I noticed it dulling my tools anymore than anything else. All I can say with any certainty is that it's a pretty piece of wood.
 
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