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    Default What timber is this

    It was advertised as Brazilian mahogany ..but I don’t think so. E5C4C9E1-2448-4286-A698-0BF44B834711 by Ken Timms, on Flickr
    This is a better pic.
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    I have had no experience with Brazilian mahogany, so I can't entirely discount that possibility, but the pictured sample looks very much like one of the many Asian 'mahoganies' or Merantis.

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    I'm certainly no expert Ken, but it looks like African Mahogany (Khaya) to me. I have some very similar which I bought as just "mahogany".

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    I have heaps of Brazilian mahogany and none of it would be that light a color except perhaps when it just came off the saw. Within a day it will start to oxidise to a brick red brown.

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    It is very difficult to just look at a picture of a piece of wood and identify it. That being said I think that yes, it looks a lot like a piece of Swietenia macrophylla also called Honduran mahogany or Brazilian mahogany. Below are some picture of some "Brazilian" mahogany.

    honduran-mahogany1.jpg honduran-mahogany-sealed.jpg

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    I have some neck blanks that were advertised as American Mahogany, I asked about it to people more knowledgeable than myself. They said that was probably plantation grown stuff in Brazil. It does look kind of like what you have.

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    I think it's Khaya too, but not sure. Looks like it though, I've had it before and it's quite similar to your picture.

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    It looks like roughly finished African Mahogany to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    It looks like uke building timber.

    Just as a suggestion and for some entertainment, can you find a way to get it DNA tested? .......
    Yeah, maybe that DNA testing service 23 and Tree!
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    It looks like uke building timber.

    Just as a suggestion and for some entertainment, can you find a way to get it DNA tested? You can get human DNA tested for a relatively low price, will it work for wood? Maybe the DNA is all gone, but it would be an interesting activity to find out.
    Crikey, what a crackin' good idear!

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