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mystery wood - recognize it?

I did a wood swap with Gus (forum member Robocop52). Along with the bog oak and yew that he sent me came this piece which he didn't have an ID on -- only hint was "it was brought back from Africa".

The nearest I can tell on Paul's wood ID site is Silky Oak -- anyone have a better idea?

The photos show all 4 faces of the pen blank plus one with a 1" section of a tape measure to show scale. (The ends are waxed, if it's important to see end-grain I can slice a piece off.)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions
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check this out.
It looks a-lot like the wood I found one day. People here say its silky oak.
Does that wood feel kinda waxy? or kinda like it is plastic?

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check this out.
It looks a-lot like the wood I found one day. People here say its silky oak.
Does that wood feel kinda waxy? or kinda like it is plastic?
It looks the same to me -- thanks for the confirmation.

I can't really tell about waxy/plasticky, it's kind of rough from being sawn. When I've turned it (or cut it with a good TS blade) I'll be able to say better.

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Yeah, silky oak would be my guess but there are a couple of other possibilities (probably long-shots). European plane is one ... it's a close relative of sycamore (I'm moderately confident that what you have is not sycamore). See a discussion of most of the all on one page at:

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/person...n_sycamore.htm

There's another one, fairly obscure, that is not shown in the link above and I'm having a senior moment just now and can't remember what it is. It it comes to me I'll re-post.

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Thanks Paul.

The problem is, each time I look at your "lacewood, leopardwood, planetree, sycamore, silky oak and others" page I get less confident about calling it silky oak ... but I don't get any more confident about calling it something else

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Thanks Paul.

The problem is, each time I look at your "lacewood, leopardwood, planetree, sycamore, silky oak and others" page I get less confident about calling it silky oak ... but I don't get any more confident about calling it something else
Unfortunately, I know exactly what you mean, else I would have been more forceful/confident about saying that it IS silky oak. There's just something about it that seems the tiniest bit off but like you I can't think what ELSE it might be. One of these days I'll think of that other wood ... maybe that's it.

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Unfortunately, I know exactly what you mean, else I would have been more forceful/confident about saying that it IS silky oak. There's just something about it that seems the tiniest bit off but like you I can't think what ELSE it might be. One of these days I'll think of that other wood ... maybe that's it.
would a clear shot of end grain help?

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Looks like lacewood to me.
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would a clear shot of end grain help?
Definitely can't hurt and might help pin it down.

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Looks like lacewood to me.
It does look a bit that way, but it isn't.

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Looks like Rewarewa, which is a New Zealand native. However, I have a board that looks just like that, from a pallet which came with a recent delivery of US-made roof shingles. I have no idea what it is, looks nothing like the silky oak we have here.
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Yep looks like Silky Oak to me I have a chunk in the shop that looks identical.
There are many varieties of Silky Oak, we have a restaurant here that is lined with around 60+ varieties of Silky Oak, great stuff to turn one of my favourites.

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end grain shots

Here are a couple of end-grain shots -- one taken straight on, the other at 45* to the corner so it includes the end grain and the long grain of two faces.

Thanks everyone for your help!
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Yep, continues to look like silky oak. One thing you can do to further the ID is clean up the end grain a bit and see if it has the little lines that go perpendicular to the rays. I see a hint of them in your pic but it's too rough-cut to tell. Here's what I'm talking about. The long right-leaning lines are the rays just in case you're not clear on that.
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I'm prepared to go with the silky oak Duncan, another mystry solved,
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If a better idea is oak then yup.

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If a better idea is oak then yup.
Huh ??? What does this post mean?

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Huh ??? What does this post mean?
Op said if he thinks it's silky oak and asked of we have any better ideas.
I said yup if a better idea is silky oak.
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You getting slow on me old fella
Paul isn't the only one getting slow ... I couldn't figure out if your post was serious but got chopped in half, or was just a joke I didn't get

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end grain (sanded)

I sanded the end grain with 50, 100 and 150 grit -- it's very interesting but I'm not sure it really helps ...
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