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White wenge?

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I was at Windsor Plywood in Bellingham WA today and they had this on display.  Advertised as White Wenge Their sign even said "we have never heard of it either".  I have searched the net, and all of the wood databases I know and can find no reference to White or Blond Wenge.   The stuff is comparable to wenge in weight and at least is feels equally dense.  But I don't know what it is.  I do have a project in mind, so I bought a stick of each, just wondering if anyone has a clue what it might be. 

End grain

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Side grain

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Face grain

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Side by side

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Receipt

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It pretty no matter what.

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Phinds can likely help you narrow in on an ID, but I seriously doubt it has anything to do with Wenge. Too many just assign labels to woods of mysterious origin based on how the seller thinks it appears. 

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1 hour ago, pkinneb said:

Certainly looks like Wenge did you get slivers picking it up that would be a dead give away :)

Wore gloves. because I was also buying the real thing.

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The grain pattern certainly is wenge-like, but like @Tpt life says, it probably is something else altogether. Purveyors of wood are always trying to give a new, unfamiliar one an exotic name.

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While the face pictures they show don't look exactly the same that end grain is definitely a match. Did you read that it isn't exceptionally dimensionally stable ? So plan to deal with wood movement. Plus flatsawn wood (like your pictures show) moves more than rift or quartersawn.

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On ‎7‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 7:23 AM, wdwerker said:

While the face pictures they show don't look exactly the same that end grain is definitely a match. Did you read that it isn't exceptionally dimensionally stable ? So plan to deal with wood movement. Plus flatsawn wood (like your pictures show) moves more than rift or quartersawn.

Yea I saw that, my plan was an end grain chess board that is only 46yrs late.  I may not use the white, I am going to think about it, there is apparently no rush....

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If you can find a thick piece of holly that might look good in a chessboard.

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white wenge, = Amphimas pterocarpoides, more commonly called lati and it is on my site with that name.

BUT ... based on the end grain, I think what you are showing is panga panga (a close wenge relative) sapwood

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Later: I looked at Eric's pics and was surprized to find that lati has the same end grain as wenge and panga panga. I was sure I remembered that it had a different structure but I check the North Carolina State University micropics (since I don't have a sample myself) and sure enough, it's the same, so I guess what you have IS lati.

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