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Mystery wood

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I have a mystery on my hands. A beautiful slab I bought from another woodturner and neither of us can figure out what it is.
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Heres a view of some bark on the slabIMG_3322.jpeg
End grain hereIMG_3323.jpeg
And the side grainIMG_3324.jpeg
The wood seems a bit harder than maple and turns with little to no tearout. You can see the chatoyance on the first shot. Ive never seen anything like it before.
 
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Doesn't look like any Catalpa I've turned. Similar look as some Myrtle Burl I turned. However, as pretty as it was, I don't remember that much chatoyance in the Myrtle burl as your piece appears to have.
 
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Thought I commented on this already, but apparently not. My first thought was myrtle/California Bay Laurel. It is a marketing thing, kind of like Brazilian Cherry. It is not a myrtle in any way shape or form.... The only difference between Oregon Myrtle wood and California Bay Laurel is the state border..... Myrtle will have a sweet spicy smell to it, unless it is starting to rot, and then it smells like a horse stall. Catalpa does have a sweetish smell to it that I do not like at all. Probably some figured bay... If you live in Oregon, you have to turn some of it.... All the tourists want it. It does have an interlocking grain, and the higher grit you sand to, the more it glows.

robo hippy
 
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