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Forum topic by AZWoody posted 08-27-2017 07:22 PM 2555 views 0 times favorited 148 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2017 07:22 PM

Having a sawmill, and living in the desert, I come across lumber that is not available at stores across the US.
From time to time, I think I’ll post some samples and see if you guys can come up with the right species of lumber.

I will try to get different angles and if I can get bark photos, I might include those as well.

Some might be easier than others and some are not always native to where I live.

Now, there are a few people who are disqualified from guessing since they have been here to my shop and know the species already. I don’t have to name them but if you think it’s you, it probably is :)

For a prize, I’ll fill a medium flat rate box of the same species and send it to you. If you have any request for thicknesses and sizes of the pieces, I can work with you within reason and within the availability of what’s ready to ship.

I’ll give it a week and so next Sunday, I’ll reveal the correct answer if no one else has come up with it.
Here goes the first one…Good luck everyone!

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#1 posted 08-27-2017 07:56 PM

Alder cross bred with ? Pecan

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#2 posted 08-27-2017 08:47 PM

I guess sycamore—but that’s probably too easy; more likely some species I never heard of.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#3 posted 08-27-2017 09:02 PM

It looks like rift sawn Sycamore to me but that is not indigenous to a desert climate.

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#4 posted 08-27-2017 09:04 PM

FYI There are Pecan farms in AZ

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#5 posted 08-27-2017 09:13 PM


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 08-27-2017 10:30 PM

I’m with Gene … Pistachio (Pistacia vera).

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#7 posted 08-28-2017 12:35 AM

My guess is Primavera hope I’m spelling it right too lazy to check.:)

-- Aj

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#8 posted 08-28-2017 12:51 AM

So far, no one is right. Quarter sawn sycamore is what I expected as it really does look similar.

I admit I’m starting off with a hard one. This is one i have never seen for sale.

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#9 posted 08-28-2017 01:05 AM

I would have guessed lacewood if not for the first 2 pictures.

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#10 posted 08-28-2017 01:24 AM


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#11 posted 08-28-2017 01:38 AM

pic # 2 zebra wood I wish to thank you for contributing input as we guess along- Seriously, from the ” What’s my Line” game show, the panel could ask for further questions. Are you saying, this wood sample (singular) or species is not available at stores? Can this be purchased legally and if not stores then where is it available?

Jbay You are my man, but Lacewood can be bought in stores. This is your chance to shine and be the winner instead of being #2 to Fridge, who has yet to reply.

To others: inside banter :) but… the “King of the Alder Forest” may change.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#12 posted 08-28-2017 01:39 AM

Pistachio is far more red so definitely not that. Someone can PayPal me $15 and I’ll tell you the answer. Bah ahaha

Kidding, awesome contest Woody. Obviously I know I’m disqualified.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#13 posted 08-28-2017 02:05 AM

Neatleaf Hackberry. or

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#14 posted 08-28-2017 02:26 AM


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#15 posted 08-28-2017 04:18 AM

Still not a correct answer yet.

I might give some hints after a day or 2 if nobody is remotely close.
The problem is, with google, pretty much any hint can easily be searched. I’ll have to think about some hints that won’t lead to an easy guessing.

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