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Mark Thomas
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Jul 24th, 2017 at 4:17pm
 
Hey all, I just finished up dabbling around on the lathe making a few stoppers. In my newness of woodturning i am still not so great identifying woods, especially exotics. I was given some wood by a friend and some was marked with type and some wasn't. I just turned the stopper shown in the picture and it just became my favorite wood and would love to be able to get some more. If anyone can identify it, it would be much appreciated!.

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Mark
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Re: Wood Identity
Reply #1 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 6:41pm
 
Can you compare the weight to a known domestic wood with which you are familiar (oak, walnut, maple, poplar, . . .)?  Can you compare the openness of the side grain to a known domestic wood with which you are familiar?  Can you compare the appearance of the end grain to that of a known domestic wood with which you are familiar?  All information helps.
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Mark Thomas
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Reply #2 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 8:44pm
 
The weight is very similar to a piece of African Blackwood i have and the grain is very similar to a piece of Cocolobo that i also have. Those i bought so I at least know what they are. When i turned it, some deep purple, black and yellowish orange started appearing. The closest type of wood i have found to this is the Cocobolo...can that have lighter and darker pieces within the species of tree?  Sorry if all of this seems less than informative!
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Re: Wood Identity
Reply #3 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 10:37pm
 
It looks like cocobolo to me.
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Reply #4 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 6:18am
 
I am going to agree with Tony.  It looks like some kind of rosewood. Although it could also be one of those "psuedo rosewoods like Morado/Pau Ferro. 

If you send a piece or two, I might be able to give you a better answer.  Cheesy
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Re: Wood Identity
Reply #5 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 8:51am
 
Mark Thomas wrote on Jul 24th, 2017 at 8:44pm:
The weight is very similar to a piece of African Blackwood i have and the grain is very similar to a piece of Cocolobo that i also have


I have to agree with Glenn on this.
The two woods you mentioned in your post are true Rosewoods but their are many (just as good IMO) imposters.
You listed two woods, one from Africa and one from Central America, if you could narrow it down to a region first, then maybe you could start to compare as Don suggested.
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