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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Cornwall, England

    Unknown wood

    Does anyone know what wood this is. I got in in a freecycle bag of firewood. (It'ss not finished yet, the base is on my lathe waiting a new belt.)

    The wood is really dense and heavy and hard. Also seems quite oily and finishes to a shine off the gouge.

    Thanks Pete

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    All I know is I want some. Loverly.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    lutefisk capitol, USA
    99.9% sure it is cocobolo by your description, dense, oily, takes a shine from the tool. It looks like a bit of sapwood on the edge. I got a pile of it in the garage from a sale Rockler. Why it would be in firewood is beyoud me.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    San Antonio, Texas
    My first thought was Coco until I read "bag of firewood". I woulnd't have expected to find Coco in such a source, but all things are possible.
    Billy B.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Cornwall, England
    The bag of firewood was advertised as 'clear out of my workshop, mostly hard wood, all under 12"

    It included about 8 rough blanks in oak, 2 lengths of maple, one piece of elm and this which was dirty and didn't look much at first. You never know what you are going to find do you?


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I was also thinking cocobolo before I saw the other responses. Whatever it is, it's a nice piece, Pete.
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    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Very nice piece. Whatever it is it sure did turn out nice.
    Bernie W.

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