I was just given this. I am wondering what it is?

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06-02-2008 12:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question mystery wood or perhaps redwood

A Girlfriend of mine just came back from a friend of hers house when she noticed this wood in these peoples house. She asked them what it was doing there and they told her that this is what they use for kindling. Long story short she was able to bring me just six pieces. She was told it was redwood. If this is Redwood I have never seen anything like it! Perhaps from a burl? I am wondering if anyone can tell me more. In the sunlight it almost looks copper colored. One thing I do know. I see a red wavy haired mermaid, or perhaps the setting or rising sun’s reflection on water. What do ya think? I am going to go try and cut this length wise and see what happens. If anyone knows anything about this I would love to know, Thanks
PEACE!!! Allison



-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 06-02-2008 12:36 AM

i cant find the mermaid ! what you smokin ?? lol whatever it is , it sure is purty !

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#2 posted 06-02-2008 12:48 AM

I can picture an intarsia mermaid with wavy red hair for sure. Sounds like a great project Allison.

Leather Visors with Mermaid

I made these leather visors a awhile back and redheaded Mermaids were good sellers ;-)

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#3 posted 06-02-2008 12:58 AM

Looks like ribbon candy to me!
I’m jealous.


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#4 posted 06-02-2008 01:13 AM

Whatever that wood is, it is fantastic.

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#5 posted 06-02-2008 01:46 AM

If it is veneer it may be Khaya, commonly called African
Mahogany. It’s a great tone-wood for guitars but
it’s tricky to bend because of the striped, interlocking
grain structure. It has a gorgeous copper-penny color.

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#6 posted 06-02-2008 01:58 AM


I found this link that has a picture similar to your wood.

Hope it helps.


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#7 posted 06-02-2008 02:38 AM

I believe it is redwood and it is the part of the tree just beneath the bark and the lower part of the trunk. It is most likely form an old growth tree being so rich in color. I have seen quite a lot of it. I worked tens of thousands of BF of redwood in the 70s and early 80s

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#8 posted 06-02-2008 10:42 AM

Lew , for some reason I could not get the link to work. But I tell ya what, I find it extremely difficult to believe anyone would use this stuff for kindling! If you look real hard on the bottom picture here and the bottom piece in that picture, you can see layers. That is what all this wood is like, Layers. A friend came over and we were messing around with this and we found a very thin blade and and we hit the blade into this wood like you would tap on a wedge to get a tree to fall the right way. And surprisingly these “layers” came off in one piece.It is just sooo awesome. And ya know the ends were waxed, so I am not really buying the “kindling story” I think me and my girlfriend need to have a little talk tomorrow. LOL!!! Yea I I will say” GET ME SOME MORE OF THAT WOOD!!! ”
PEACE!!! Yes those are nice mermaids. And actually I have been told before at shows that mermaids are rather good sellers! And to Mr. Trim.What do you mean you don’t see the mermaids! Can’t you see them swimming amongst the waves?

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#9 posted 06-02-2008 11:12 AM

I agree with John and Lew. Given your location and the fact that this was “fire” wood, it makes sense. I was trimming out windows on a “cabin” last year with 12/4 redwood and some of it had burl sections that looked like this and were unusable by h.o. standards. I managed to cabbage a bit of it for personal use (and with the permission of the contractor) <bg>

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#10 posted 06-02-2008 03:25 PM

I was thinking ribbon-stripe mahogany veneer:,%20african.htm

It may be redwood, but I’ve never seen that in person.

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#11 posted 06-02-2008 04:28 PM

Here is a link to some examples of figured redwood. It varies greatly.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#12 posted 06-02-2008 05:24 PM

Hi Allison, This is rare Redwood and is called Ripplewood. When milled properly it makes a fantastic figure pattern (Ripplewood). I once hand split around 4,000 bdft of this material that can be seen at Nepenthe in Big Sur, Ca. I wish I had photos and will see about getting some to post here. I hand carved many snakes from small hand split pieces. The logs this wood came from should not be burned for firewood and is valuable for milling and making lumber. Please let me know if there is any more available.The photo below is of some narrow Ripple Wood boards after milling.
Ripple Wood

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#13 posted 06-02-2008 05:46 PM

Found some more photos of some Redwood Ripplewood.



-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#14 posted 06-02-2008 07:26 PM

Looks like bacon.

-- He said wood...

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#15 posted 06-02-2008 10:38 PM

hi alison

never have i seen such beautifull wood just with we could get something like that in the UK

thank you for showing me something so gorgeous

andy aka pommy

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