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Is this bocote?? (newbie alert...)

I ordered 3 blanks from Woodcraft. I ordered black mesquite, redheart, and bocote. They came in without labels. The first blank was dark with a long, straight grain structure, and very heavy- I'm pretty sure this one was mesquite. The second was obviously redheart. The third didn't look like the bocote that I've worked with before, but I'd already identified the other two. I went ahead and turned it tonight.
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The piece on the left is bocote that I turned a few weeks ago, the one on the right is what I turned tonight that I thought should be bocote Can the same kind of wood vary that much? They just don't look or feel like the same kind of wood to me. What do you think?? If not bocote, what does it look like? Thanks!
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I ordered 3 blanks from Woodcraft. I ordered black mesquite, redheart, and bocote. They came in without labels. The first blank was dark with a long, straight grain structure, and very heavy- I'm pretty sure this one was mesquite. The second was obviously redheart. The third didn't look like the bocote that I've worked with before, but I'd already identified the other two. I went ahead and turned it tonight.
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The piece on the left is bocote that I turned a few weeks ago, the one on the right is what I turned tonight that I thought should be bocote Can the same kind of wood vary that much? They just don't look or feel like the same kind of wood to me. What do you think?? If not bocote, what does it look like? Thanks!
Could be mahognay ? Or mabye sapele ? It sure isn't bocote that i know
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Looks like cocobolo to me but hard to tell from a pic.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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It sure isn't bocote that i know
Thanks! I just needed to get a second opinion before I sent an email to Woodcraft.
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I originally looked att this on my phone. Looking at it now on the computer that looks like red palm...certainly not bocote.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I originally looked att this on my phone. Looking at it now on the computer that looks like red palm...certainly not bocote.
Yeah, I just knew it wasn't right before I started. I wish I would have trusted myself and sent it back... Live and learn. I sent them an email so we'll see what happens next. Thanks!
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Positively not bocote or cocobolo, not at all likely to be palm. Could be plum pudding mahogany, but I doubt it.

Unfortunately, despite all that certainty about what it ISN'T I have no idea what it IS.

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Here is a pic of red palm
http://www.exoticwood.biz/blackpalm.htm

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Here is a pic of red palm
http://www.exoticwood.biz/blackpalm.htm
That is an exceptionally poor (unrepresentative) pic of red palm. Take a look at my site instead.

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Someone from Woodcraft just replied to me that it's the black mesquite that I ordered.
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Take a look at my site...
Your site is fantastic! I'm sure I'll be visiting it again. Thanks!
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Someone from Woodcraft just replied to me that it's the black mesquite that I ordered.
Is it possible the dark, heavy piece of wood is actually the bocote?

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Someone from Woodcraft just replied to me that it's the black mesquite that I ordered.
Interesting ... I would not have guessed mequite because the color is so rich. I'm used to mesquite that is considerably more subdued.

Now that I look though, I find that I have one pic that has VERY similar grain (but not the rich color). Maybe the color is enhanced by a finish you put on it? I should have thought to take that into account.

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Is it possible the dark, heavy piece of wood is actually the bocote?
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Maybe the color is enhanced by a finish you put on it? I should have thought to take that into account.
The picture on their site made it look so dark.

I just used Howard Feed and Wax to finish it.
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How did it turn? Did you get good shavings, or was it sort of splintery?

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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How did it turn? Did you get good shavings, or was it sort of splintery?
It was splintery. Also, it was kind of a booger to get smooth.
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My money is still on palm.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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My money is still on palm.
I wish I knew what it was because I really don't want any more of it. I think I'll just steer clear of mesquite and palm, just to be sure.
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It was splintery. Also, it was kind of a booger to get smooth.

That sounds a lot more like palm than mesquite, but it sure doesn't LOOK like palm.

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