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Question Can anyone help me identify this wood?

Hello to all. I've just gotten interested in burl wood as I recently got a beautiful buckeye slab coffee table. I could post pix if anyone was interested; but I need help on a bowl that someone just gave me. She came across it on the free table at a garage sale here in Sonoma County CA. Can anyone identify the type of wood and how this bowl would have been made? Thanks so much

Sorry for the first post. Thought photo had uploaded.
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Morning Wood?
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That would be from Earl, not burl.
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Thanks for letting me know the photo hadn't uploaded. The attachment should now be there.
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Looks like it could be a redwood burl but that's a pretty weak guess ... that is, if I had to bet money on that guess, I wouldn't unless I could get long odds.

Does it seem particularly heavy or light? If heavy, it's not redwood, if light then redwood remains a possibility.

How hard is it? Can you dent it with your fingernail (try the bottom somewhere out of sight). If so, then it might be redwood.

Can you get a well-focused closeup pic?

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looks like lacewood, or maybe even leopardwood

If it wasn't so hard, I'd sleep with a block of Brazilian Rosewood under my pillow.
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This is a long shot but it sure resembles some of the olive wood souvenirs that my in-laws brought back from Jerusalem years ago. Don't have a clue as to how it's made.
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Looks like it could be a redwood burl but that's a pretty weak guess ... that is, if I had to bet money on that guess, I wouldn't unless I could get long odds.

Does it seem particularly heavy or light? If heavy, it's not redwood, if light then redwood remains a possibility.

How hard is it? Can you dent it with your fingernail (try the bottom somewhere out of sight). If so, then it might be redwood.

Can you get a well-focused closeup pic?

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Thanks for the response and sorry for my delay in follow-up. The wood seems unusually light, especially in comparison with buckeye burl. I will try to attach a close-up but the file size restriction doesn't leave much detail
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Looks like an olive wood burl to me..but that would be a huge piece if it if it was.
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yeah, now I'd bet much more heavily on redwood. No way is it lacewood or leopardwood. Olive seems pretty unlikely to me based on the grain but that could just be my lack of experience with it. Also olive is MUCH heavier than redwood so that would also seem to make olive unlikely, and the color is spot on for redwood. Very nicely done pic, by the way.

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I thought it was redwood also. But all the burl bowls I've seen have been turned and are symetrical. It just seems like a lot of work, not to mention craftsmanship, to carve a bowl this size (18" dia.). It's so smooth and the carver's marks are so aligned with the grain that it almost seemed like some natural process had created it. It's hard to believe that something like this would turn up on a free table at some garage sale. I wonder how you'd place a monetary value on it - not that I'm interested in selling it. Thanks for all of your input, and thanks for the compliment on the photo, Phinds. I'm afraid the credit goes more to my Canon A700 than to me, though.

I'll post a photo of the buckeye table I just got. I never really liked burl furniture till I got this and stripped and scraped all that plastic crap off it. Now I'm finding it extremely interesting and beautiful - speaking of which - that bowl in your album, Phinds is a knock-out!
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redwood more like it i think

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Thanks for the response and sorry for my delay in follow-up. The wood seems unusually light, especially in comparison with buckeye burl. I will try to attach a close-up but the file size restriction doesn't leave much detail
it looks like redwood with the paternation around the rim as to how its made i think its bored with a forsner bit to a set depth and then carved with a(dam forgoten the name of it ) any way its a round disk fits on a baby angle grinder and has chain saw teeth on it oh MUST be held firmly
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it looks like redwood with the paternation around the rim as to how its made i think its bored with a forsner bit to a set depth and then carved with a(dam forgoten the name of it ) any way its a round disk fits on a baby angle grinder and has chain saw teeth on it oh MUST be held firmly
sold in australia around $50--$500
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it looks like redwood with the paternation around the rim as to how its made i think its bored with a forsner bit to a set depth and then carved with a(dam forgoten the name of it ) any way its a round disk fits on a baby angle grinder and has chain saw teeth on it oh MUST be held firmly

Is it a "Lancelot" that you were thinking of?






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lancelot maybe

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Is it a "Lancelot" that you were thinking of?in my woodworkers club we have a few guys that do burls that way






i think here in auss its called an arber

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