I need some help identifying a piece of wood I acquired yesterday. The fellow I got it from thought it was African Rosewood and by it's weight, I thought he might be right -- although it did seem awfully dark. I trimmed a small end of the oblique trunk slab and it looks a little like rosewood but the smell is definitely "fishy"!! By that, I mean it definitely smells like fish -- and that is no fluke caused by laying around in someone's boat either! This wood is very dense and has not soaked any thing in -- plus it is very oily! Also, I think it is probably toxic because I had a cut on a finger and when it touched the wood, BAM - I was burning!! Grain is barely visible except in a couple of lighter areas and as I said, it is extremely dense. Turned a pen from it and had great difficulty getting a clear finish because of the oil -- plus, when I drilled it, the drill had to be cleaned four or five times while drilling one piece of the pen blank.
Any ideas out there?