What Wood Is That?
Collect some samples
To solve mysteries in wood identification, it helps to have on hand a collection of wood samples that have been positively identified and labeled. Blocks about 3x5" work nicely. Woodworkers Source (800/423-2450) offers a nice collection of 30 such samples, plus the four-color, 60-page Fine Hardwoods Selectorama for $59 ppd.
Wood identification requires some study. If you want to get really serious about it, here's a good book to help you out: Identifying Wood -- Accurate Results with Simple Tools, by R. Bruce Hoadly, The Taunton Press Inc., Newton, Conn., 1990, about $40.
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