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mick

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I think what John means is the wood has reddish tones whereas bocote has yellowish tones. Here's a bocote I made today and a rosewood burl I started on.


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jttheclockman

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You're color-blind, John. . Does not look one bit reddish to me !

And the grain pattern is perfect for Bocote .... at least for the Bocote that is "retail-harvested" in this neck of the woods !

(I'll now sit back and wait for the blast-phemous retort !)
Enjoy your seat Mal :) Rest awhile you are tired I can tell. It is always hard to tell any blank from such a small sample and not seeing the board it came from and most times these are just guesses and really does nothing to definitely identify the wood. Also each monitor that we look at these photos can be somewhat different in color presentation. On my monitor there is a reddish hue to the wood and I have seen that grain pattern so many times before because I use rosewoods so often. I have also used bocote many times too and every piece I used has more brown to blackish grain patterns. Also looking at the stick behind the pen leads me more to it also. So many species of rosewood. But will give you this if it makes you feel better and more relaxed while sitting in that comfy chair drinking that afternoon ice tea (yea right:) ice tea) Bocote is a wood that resembles rosewood and hence it is often called Mexican rosewood. So cheers to you. 🍻🍻🍻
 

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I’ll add to the mix that it’s possibly a piece that was dyed and gave it that color after turning. These things are so hard to figure out sometimes.
 

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I just would like to make a point and included some photos to back my point. When people come here asking to identify a blank and no clues included it gets to be nearly impossible. Some woods will have distinct grain or color patter but here are some rosewoods and for Mal I threw a board of Bocote in to show him in my eyes this blank is nowhere near type wood. Again in my eyes so I am not blind Mal. Now I am still working with a bad back but pulled some boards from my stash. Being in the shop felt good but not ready to resume work there. Chiropractor has not yet opened up here in NJ yet. Hopefully next week as wee got the go ahead from Gov. Now I kept all boards in the same order at all times so you can flip back and forth to a photo. Tough getting these size boards in photo so showed a section that had name tag. You will see South American rosewood. and a few different boards of Bolivian rosewood. All same species but different boards. Thus the difficulty to tell what that small 5" blank is. None of the boards have a finish and none are planed to a finish surface. Come from yard as is. Not sure if this makes sense or not but it is an attempt to pass some time and maybe explain something that pops up here so often.

By the way Mal the Bocote board is the one on the far left in photo where all boards are laying flat and also on edge. As you see Bocote has a yellowish tint as to rosewoods have a reddish tint I did not see someone suggested bubinga and I should have thrown a board of that in too but will if someone really wants me to.
 

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Beautiful pen! And I have no idea. However, I didn't have any idea there were so many "types" of rosewood and that some types are not called rosewood. Thanks for prompting the information.
 

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Beautiful pen! And I have no idea. However, I didn't have any idea there were so many "types" of rosewood and that some types are not called rosewood. Thanks for prompting the information.
OMG tony the list is long. I believe rosewood is the best looking and richest looking of all wood species. Get some rosewood burls and you have gold. Here is some reading material for you. I will stick with my guess and go down with the ship on this one. The stick behind the pen tells the story better. Now what type rosewood, pick one and then pick the board it came from.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosewood#List_of_rosewoods
 

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OMG tony the list is long. I believe rosewood is the best looking and richest looking of all wood species. Get some rosewood burls and you have gold. Here is some reading material for you. I will stick with my guess and go down with the ship on this one. The stick behind the pen tells the story better. Now what type rosewood, pick one and then pick the board it came from.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosewood#List_of_rosewoods
Thank you. I consulted that link (but thanks!) , but stumbled across it when one of our generous members send me kingwood. So I looked it up and learned that it was also rosewood. The necks of my guitars are also rosewood, but I had no idea there are so many variations. Anyway, thanks for sharing you knowledge!
 

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Thank you. I consulted that link (but thanks!) , but stumbled across it when one of our generous members send me kingwood. So I looked it up and learned that it was also rosewood. The necks of my guitars are also rosewood, but I had no idea there are so many variations. Anyway, thanks for sharing you knowledge!
Kingwood is another beautiful wood. All these are not cheap but make an item with it and it makes a statement. Kingwood pens are beautiful. Get any exhibition grade material and wow.
 
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