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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by jordan_frerichs, Feb 17, 2008.
my woodshop techers say lignum Vitae AKA ironwood, but i can not find a pic that matches it.
this is just a sample slice
Is it tremendously heavy, and waxy feeling?
looks like Lignum to me.....but im still pretty n00b about wood types
this is also lignum
waxy yes, heavy. do not know. still getting familiar with my wood. has this odd smell
Don't think its lignum. My guess is cocobolo from the looks of the sap wood.
A big slab pf that would make a nice looking bass! if it's Lignum the bass would weigh 20lbs +-
Don't know if it's just the color balance in the photo, but lignum is not that red. It's more of a neutral medium brown, with a creamy sapwood. Lignum has kind of a sweet smell. Here's a photo of mine:
If you start sneezing and coughing when you cut it,like if you snorted cayenne powder, it's probably cocobolo.
Hell, looks very stiff
Throw it in the bathtub (fill with water first )...if it sinks it's lignum. If it floats, its probably cocobolo.
it has the smell of flesly cut wood all the time. i have found good sized peices of it. enough to make a laminate top. the wood in the back room is not in clean planks, but the top and bottom have been leveled. the red and green are all heart wood, and the sap it visible on all slices, the peices i have run the width of the tree. might just make a full laminate top for the bass i am bulding. if not, i will use quilted maple wings and purpleheart center
oh, and it is hard. it was flatened by machines, and it is nowhere near smooth!. alot of sanding. lol. it took it to a metal grinder, so take off some sape wood, and the grinder wheel is now useless
Looks like desert ironwood, which is a different species from lignum vitae. I used it for a nut once and it is a tool destroyer.
lol. i think i would need to use all carbide tools. i would have to sit playing it, and it would be unbeliveably bright sounding. way past hard maple bright. good for an eye catching laminate
lol yea it fryed my metal wheel grinder on just the sap wood. i will look up this type. thanx
for those of u wondering how accurate the pics are, the peice looks like dark olive green and brownish marron in a firery patter together