Can’t identify this wood
Like the title says, I can’t figure out what this is. An acquaintance gave me 10-12 pieces, all about 24x4x2 inches. It was left outside and got rained on, so it looked pretty rough when I got it, kind of a muddy brown in the mahogany range. However, when I planed off the oxidation and dirt, what I saw was a very unfamiliar grain pattern, not like any mahogany I’ve ever seen. Also, although it really brightened up after planing, it still feels much rougher than maple, cherry, or mahogany would feel after a dozen passes. I’ll say up front that I’m not any kind of wood expert, but I’ve worked with mahogany and sapele quite a bit, and this doesn’t look like either to me. The attached photo looks very three dimensional, but there are no pits or voids, that’s just the way the wood photographs. Any ideas?
It was very tasty, whatever it was. Lots of insect holes.
A wild guess. Cumaru? A tropical hardwood, used on building interiors and exteriors. Dense, tough and splintery.
I work with a lot of African mahogany and this grain looks very similar to that
It also might be Wenge.
Send a sample to the Forestry Service below. It's free, but don't expect Amazon service. Takes several months.
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Does just looking at it cause splinters to jump off the wood into your hands, then they get really festered? If so, it is probably wenge.