Wood From South of the Border


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My next door neighbor just returned from Monterey Mexico where he has relatives and brought this piece back. It is 11” x 14” x3” thick and weighs 15#. If it didn’t have grain and bark, I would swear it was lead. I loaned him my belt and orbital sander to get it to this point. 

Any clue as to what kind of wood it is? 


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Thanks all! I will remove the bark and pith inclusions tomorrow and fill with epoxy. Then rub it down with mineral oil as he wants to use it as a cutting board. I have never seen a chunk that heavy and is really quiet beautiful. 

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7 hours ago, curlyoak said:

You are right!

What do you base that on? I'm not saying you're wrong, since katalox is at least a possibility, but the sapwood does seem small for katalox but right for Texas ebony plus the color makes Texas ebony more likely (but does not absolutely rule out katalox).

Coop, is there any chance you could get a very close hi-res pic of the end grain? Texas ebony and katalox are easy to tell apart that way.

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7 minutes ago, Coop said:

High resolution on a 2001 IPad usually don’t fit in the same sentence!:D will these help?

Yes, they say Texas ebony, not lignum vitae and definitely not katalox.

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And just to be clear, this is NOT a 100% guarantee that it is Texas ebony, but it is a guarantee that it is not lignum vitae or katalox. My bet is very strongly that it IS Texas ebony but I don't like to imply a 100% ID unless I can see the end grain better.

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