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Burl Source
06-13-2011, 03:29 PM
I just had a couple packages arrive from overseas.
Felt like a kid at Christmas.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/june/au001.jpg
I couldn't wait to start sanding to see if this stuff was going to be any good. Took me over a year and had to give up my first born to get this.

Anyone care to guess what it is?
Size of the block in the photo is 5&1/2" x 2&1/2" x 1&1/2"
Maybe I should call it an ingot instead of a block?

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/june/au004.jpg

rockbox
06-13-2011, 03:50 PM
I don't know what it is, but it is sure pretty. If you don't mind me asking, how do you finish your blocks to all the colors to be so vibrant?

Potato42
06-13-2011, 03:50 PM
That looks like some of the finest, tightest grained fiddleback Koa I've seen.

My wallet is crying. You're a baaaaaaad man Mr. Farley.

watercrawl
06-13-2011, 03:56 PM
Looks like koa.

Burl Source
06-13-2011, 04:56 PM
I don't know what it is, but it is sure pretty. If you don't mind me asking, how do you finish your blocks to all the colors to be so vibrant?

This block just had a quick belt sanding to 120 grit and then I sealed it with a light coat of spray lacquer.

As for what type of wood it is;
I will give a couple hints.
#1 It is a type of acacia, same family as koa
#2 Weight and density comparable and sometimes exceeds that of desert ironwood. The block in the photo above is a double size block and weighs a little over 1 pound.

watercrawl
06-13-2011, 04:59 PM
It's that weird ass wood you had once. Give me a minute.

watercrawl
06-13-2011, 05:03 PM
Ha, it's the one's that Bill Burke bought all of before I even got a chance to see them....Fiddleback Tasmanian Blackwood.

What do I win?

Burl Source
06-13-2011, 05:28 PM
That looks like some of the finest, tightest grained fiddleback Koa I've seen.
My wallet is crying. You're a baaaaaaad man Mr. Farley.

Potato42 gave me an idea.
Let's turn this thread into a give away type contest.

This piece will be the prize. It is the same type of wood but with figure that looks more like crushed velvet.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/june/au008.jpg

To enter the drawing.
Just make a post here guessing what type of wood it is.
Your post number will be your number for the drawing.
On Friday 6/17 about 5pm PST I will use a random number generator to pick the winning number.
If your post number is drawn you win this block.
I will pay for shipping as well to anywhere worldwide.

Pensacola Tiger
06-13-2011, 05:31 PM
OK, I guess Albizia.

Rick

kalaeb
06-13-2011, 08:58 PM
Is it some sort of burl? Lol...I will post with my real answer in a bit.

SpikeC
06-13-2011, 09:07 PM
:jumpy: OK, Jatoba! Curly jatoba burl!

watercrawl
06-13-2011, 09:23 PM
That's Tasmanian blackwood.

Jim
06-13-2011, 09:42 PM
Ipe?

apicius9
06-13-2011, 09:46 PM
That's Tasmanian blackwood.

Looks like we'll have to fight over the prize ;) That was my guess also. I hope, I was way off before... I had another one in mind but it's too light for that.

Stefan

Andrew H
06-13-2011, 10:02 PM
I think it's Tasmanian Blackwood also, we'll see though...

l r harner
06-13-2011, 10:11 PM
nope its black maugula sp? I have used it before and it has a brilliant blond sapwood . I want that block

apicius9
06-13-2011, 10:15 PM
nope its black maugula sp? I have used it before and it has a brilliant blond sapwood . I want that block

You mean black mulga? That was my first guess also but the pieces I have seen were all darker. O.k., I'll pass for the game, just sell me a few of the blocks :D

Stefan

l r harner
06-13-2011, 10:31 PM
http://www.harnerknives.com/wp-content/gallery/razors/dsc06943.jpghttp://www.harnerknives.com/wp-content/gallery/razors/dsc06943.jpg

Mike Davis
06-13-2011, 10:57 PM
Uh oh Mark...I see a lot of this being sold! You might have to count me in for one or two :) Good to see you here kind sir!

Potato42
06-13-2011, 11:20 PM
Ok so if I understand right, you're giving this good looking little block away for just guessing, even if we're wrong, right? :D Count me in! though I'm pretty sure I guessed wrong...

Thanks for giving us wood! That totally didn't come out right...

Burl Source
06-13-2011, 11:58 PM
Ok so if I understand right, you're giving this good looking little block away for just guessing, even if we're wrong, right? :D Count me in! though I'm pretty sure I guessed wrong...

Thanks for giving us wood! That totally didn't come out right...

Sean,
You are correct. Even if you guess wrong, you are still in the drawing.
It's a good thing too because so far everyone has guessed wrong.
This is a type of wood a good many of you will have seen before.
But it usually looks a bit different than this.

Right now I have dropped everything and am getting all the blocks sanded and cleaned up.
I told my wife I was working late because I just got some of the coolest wood I have ever seen.
She wants me to bring a piece home to show her. Which means she'll keep it and it will end up on one of the shelves next to her computer.

Butch,
I had the guy I got this wood from cut a few blocks "Harner Style".

I will try to get this stuff ready as soon as possible.

Lefty
06-14-2011, 12:20 AM
I could be way off, but it has a sort of rosewood feel to it...you said it was an interesting sample, so I'm just going with Indian Rosewood.
It's likely something much more exotic, though.
However, I want the prize A LOT! haha

Potato42
06-14-2011, 12:26 AM
Butch,
I had the guy I got this wood from cut a few blocks "Harner Style".


What is "Harner style"?

steeley
06-14-2011, 12:29 AM
I try for MYALL WOOD ,AU
thanks for doing this

l r harner
06-14-2011, 12:38 AM
harner style muhhh aahahhah

WildBoar
06-14-2011, 12:47 AM
Quilted blond reddishwood?

Eamon Burke
06-14-2011, 01:02 AM
Knobthorn Acacia!

It's denser than Ironwood, and it's an Acacia, and it doesn't quite look like that, so I'm going with it.

Burl Source
06-14-2011, 01:05 AM
What is "Harner style"?

Sometimes I make up my own names to describe unusual looking pieces.
In this case the block makes me think of what Butch likes.
This is a lower grade piece but I think it shows what I mean by "Harner Style"
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/june/bh001.jpg

JohnnyChance
06-14-2011, 01:14 AM
Black Acacia?

Burl Source
06-14-2011, 01:23 AM
Knobthorn Acacia!

It's denser than Ironwood, and it's an Acacia, and it doesn't quite look like that, so I'm going with it.

Actually the density can vary from 1.0 to 1.4
If I remember correctly desert ironwood will vary from 1.0 to 1.2

steeley
06-14-2011, 01:48 AM
one more try INCEANA
or desert acacia:chin:

Mike Davis
06-14-2011, 02:34 AM
Ringed Gidgee?......maybe?

Potato42
06-14-2011, 05:58 AM
Sometimes I make up my own names to describe unusual looking pieces.
In this case the block makes me think of what Butch likes.
This is a lower grade piece but I think it shows what I mean by "Harner Style"
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/june/bh001.jpg

Two tone! Forget Butch I want it!:razz:

apicius9
06-14-2011, 06:08 AM
Get in line.

Stefan

Potato42
06-14-2011, 06:52 AM
Get in line.

Stefan

Ahem





Oh man, just what I needed. O.K., here is another rule: No matter what I say and how much money I promise you, your answer shall always be "YOU DON'T NEED ANY MORE WOOD". :slaphead:

Stefan

Just keepin' you straight buddy :wink:

Josh
06-14-2011, 07:21 AM
I know nothing about wood, but I do know that'd look real nice on a custom knife. I guess maple because I'm Canadian, and I should make 300 more guesses of maple to improve my chances.

Lefty
06-14-2011, 08:48 AM
After seeing the prize, I would say it could also be jatoba.

l r harner
06-14-2011, 09:25 AM
i love suppliers that think of me now and then BTW im not really in this game ether as im jsut going to buy a bit and let a non full time hoarder have a shot at wood

mano
06-14-2011, 10:45 AM
Ringed Gidgee final answer

goodchef1
06-14-2011, 11:03 AM
I'll take a stab at it and say "kingwood"

Eamon Burke
06-14-2011, 11:49 AM
Actually the density can vary from 1.0 to 1.4
If I remember correctly desert ironwood will vary from 1.0 to 1.2

Desert Ironwood has a specific gravity of 1.15, Knobthorn is 1.19. Source (http://waynesword.palomar.edu/plsept99.htm).

*edit* wasn't correcting you, just refreshing your memory!

Eamon Burke
06-14-2011, 11:52 AM
I agree with Mano now. It's Ringed Gidgee.

CalleNAK
06-14-2011, 01:18 PM
I'm going with Black Mulga.

CalleNAK
06-14-2011, 01:29 PM
Maybe even snakewood since you said we would be familiar with it but don't normally see it with that pattern.

Eamon Burke
06-14-2011, 01:37 PM
Yeah, the second(harner style) one looks like Black Mulga, but not the first!

heirkb
06-14-2011, 09:32 PM
I know NOTHING about wood. Here's my lame guess: is it walnut? Oops, walnut is not in the acacia genus, I just read that post. Oh well, that's my guess.

AUSSIE BURLS
06-15-2011, 04:26 AM
Hello, oh crap-needed to edit. shhhh-Marekz

AUSSIE BURLS
06-15-2011, 04:37 AM
Just to say, its stunning and even better in person. Nice piece there Mate--Marekz

Burl Source
06-15-2011, 11:49 AM
I used the random number generator to pick a number.
It picked #35 whoever that was.
If you were post #35 send me a PM with your Mailing address and I will put your block in the mail.

Tristan
06-15-2011, 11:51 AM
This block just had a quick belt sanding to 120 grit and then I sealed it with a light coat of spray lacquer.

As for what type of wood it is;
I will give a couple hints.
#1 It is a type of acacia, same family as koa
#2 Weight and density comparable and sometimes exceeds that of desert ironwood. The block in the photo above is a double size block and weighs a little over 1 pound.

I guess that it is Australian Snakewood? Desert Ironwood specific gravity at 1.2, snakewood at 1.36...

Tristan
06-15-2011, 11:52 AM
Hahahahaha oh crap. Late. Hey waitaminute, it ain't friday!

Burl Source
06-15-2011, 12:08 PM
The name of the wood got out so I decided to do the drawing early.
In a few days I will set up a new contest.
I like to give away free stuff but my boss says I have to do it sparingly.

The wood in this thread is Australian Ringed Gidgee Acacia cambagei.
It is a type of Acacia that grows in desert conditions in Western Australia. The figure and grain structure tends to be a lot like it's cousin, Koa, also an Acacia.
Because of the conditions where it grows the density of the wood varies from about 1.0 to 1.4.
Gidgee is normally darker brown but can vary in coloring from golden brown, oranges, reds, and dark brown.

It is an oily wood but surprisingly easy to work with.
Like Ironwood it can have some small voids and very fine hairline checks. If any of those occur within the handle area a few drops of CA glue (super glue) will usually make them disappear. Even though it is an oily wood, it does not clog sandpaper like some rosewoods.
To get the best finish I have seen,
Sand to 1000+ grit.
Apply a light coat of Tung or Danish oil. Let dry and repeat a few times.
Wax with paste wax and hand buff with an old piece of denim.
Power buffing can diminish the appearance of the figure.

WildBoar
06-15-2011, 01:19 PM
I used the random number generator to pick a number.
It picked #35 whoever that was.
If you were post #35 send me a PM with your Mailing address and I will put your block in the mail.Mark -- you accidentally mis-typed #26. Thankfully for all involved, I have detected the error so it can be swiftly corrected. You are welcome! :ovg:





Congrats Sean!

Andrew H
06-15-2011, 02:07 PM
Next time you might want to do it a different way, as just doing it by post number in the thread favors people who post more than once. *cough*

Burl Source
06-15-2011, 05:16 PM
Next time you might want to do it a different way, as just doing it by post number in the thread favors people who post more than once. *cough*

Next one I will make some rules.
I like to have give away contests so expect them to be a regular thing.

chazmtb
06-15-2011, 05:24 PM
OK, that was random. :P

Congratuations Spud.

Potato42
06-15-2011, 09:14 PM
Cool thanks guys! Now I need to figure out what to add to my cart at burlsource to make that package a little heavier... Anyone care to help with suggestions?:biggrin:


Next time you might want to do it a different way, as just doing it by post number in the thread favors people who post more than once. *cough*

Andrew, you're right. I was thinking about this myself. I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, but maybe I can find a way to give back too.

Burl Source
06-15-2011, 09:43 PM
Next time you might want to do it a different way, as just doing it by post number in the thread favors people who post more than once. *cough*

Since I messed this contest up, I started a new one (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php?1626-New-Contest-%28Who-are-you-%29-Drawing-6-24).
It has contest guidelines and everything.