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post #1 of 7 Old 10-05-2009, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Have you seen a wood grain like this ever?

Hello All,

I have a species of wood with grains like nothing I have ever seen before. The species is Ancient Kauri, and a few of the grains look similar to other species (ex: the flamed grain looks like tiger stripe maple) but this grain, referred as Whitebait, I can't compare it to any other grain found in any other species. Im just curious if anyone can name a wood that has similar looking grain.

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As far as I know (which isn't much) whitebait is fairly unique to that particular tree. It is amazing, though, isn't it? Interesting that you work for ancientwood, though. I suspect you already knew the answer to your question. At least you had the courtesy of adding that bit of info to your signature.
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Hey Frank,

Thanks for the post, as far as we know it is unique to the species, but we are always looking to know more! I think its always dangerous to say that you know something without a doubt - which is why I posed it as a question. Its not meant as an "I know so much" post, rather a "isn't this cool?" post

By the way, saw the dyed guitar you made... Nice!
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ancientwood, thank you for the comment about the guitar. I actually read about your company in a magazine about a year ago (or so) and love the kauri. One of these days I'm inclined to get some of that whitebait, but I'd like to build my skills a little before spending that kind of money. I have a jewelry box in mind though, and that will be the perfect wood for it.
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Chatoyance is the word for what is going on in that video. http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Chatoyance.html Other woods have it, just not to that degree that I have seen in that video. It is what gives tiger maple it's ripple or ribbon stripe sapele its stripes, but these are becuase the grain changes direction for you to see it. I have some small pieces of cedar elm that do it across the whole board like that, and I plan on trying to mill for it on purpose next time.

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I'm curious what you're going to do with this piece.

On that note, might this finishing technique be of interest?



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