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Chris Cook

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08-27-2017 03:56 PM

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Yes, it’s me again with another round of wood identification. This time two, 2 (I said two) different kinds of wood I need to identify.

Neither is Alder I am afraid. But I will accept all theories (TheFridge’s included)

#1

Dark wood with yellowish grain
Very dense, heavy and hard wood

#2
Almost a deep purple grain (think highway star)
Very heavy, dense hard wood

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""


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#1 posted 08-27-2017 05:13 PM

Second is bubinga maybe.

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#2 posted 08-27-2017 05:16 PM

Alder of course for both.

Does #1 smell sweet when you cut it? 2?

Probably an alder sub species.

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#3 posted 08-27-2017 06:25 PM

#1 resembles wenge.

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#4 posted 08-27-2017 06:41 PM

I can see wenge, I have some other that is wenge, but not so much yellowish grain. When I look it up though, it does match up with Wenge. Thank you.

As for #2, I am fairly certain it is not bubinga. I have a lot of bubinga and none of it is as heavy or dark as this is.

Don’t think it is a rare subspecies of alder either :(

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#5 posted 08-27-2017 06:53 PM

Alder but maybe your samples were cross bred Alder with Wenge and Alder with Purple Heart

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#6 posted 08-27-2017 07:03 PM

1. Bocote. (guess…haven’t had any in my hands for many years.)
2. Purple Heart. (can’t think of another one that’s consistently purple through out.)

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#7 posted 08-27-2017 07:06 PM

The first could be wenge but I have some in my stash somewhere that is chechen and it looks just like that piece as well.

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#8 posted 08-27-2017 07:18 PM

Okay, I am quite sure #1 is Bocote! Thank you!!

as for #2, I do not think it’s purple heart. It is almost blue, it’s so dark.


1. Bocote. (guess…haven t had any in my hands for many years.)
2. Purple Heart. (can t think of another one that s consistently purple through out.)

- Tony_S


-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#9 posted 08-28-2017 06:36 AM

Beyond my experience. Where did you get it?

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#10 posted 08-28-2017 12:49 PM

#1 = Bocote #2 = Purpleheart

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#11 posted 08-28-2017 01:00 PM

Could it be south american rosewood?

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#12 posted 08-28-2017 04:55 PM



Okay, I am quite sure #1 is Bocote! Thank you!!

as for #2, I do not think it s purple heart. It is almost blue, it s so dark.

- Chris Cook

purpleheart isnt always purple. the color/shade can vary from tree to tree and also with exposure to uv rays.i have some thats now brown.

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#13 posted 08-28-2017 06:17 PM

I’d guess #1 Wenge, the grain color stippling can vary significantly from board to board. #2 is purple heart

Of course I could be completely off 8^)

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#14 posted 08-28-2017 07:06 PM

#2 could be granadillo grenadilla one of those platymiscum spp species or something like that. I have some that is a dark purple when cut and smells similar to rosewood. If it’s not that it’s dark alder.

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#15 posted 09-06-2017 11:49 PM

Okay, I won’t let this die. #1 is definitely Bocote. I have researched that well.

#2 is still out. I am sure it is NOT purpleheart. Just doesn’t match anything else called purpleheart.

again, it is VERY dense.
Very dark

Here are two more shots:

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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