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Old 01-14-2019, 07:34 PM
Otterhound Otterhound is offline
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Originally Posted by John Arnold View Post
Macacauba, granadillo, and hormigo are all closely related species in the Platymiscium genus. IMHO, they are very close to BR, both in density and tap tone.
I do like the tap tone of Osage, but the bright yellow color takes some getting used to. It will eventually oxidize to a dark brown. Black locust is the other domestic wood that sounds similar to Brazilian RW. Fresh cut locust is more of a greenish-yellow, but it oxidizes to a deep golden color. It takes stain well. Locust has found favor with local luthiers including Caleb Smith; I have built two myself.
Though I do like the finished appearance and the tap tone of wenge, the large pores and evil splinters are a turn-off.
Another mention for Black Locust . I am a fan . I had a log here that had been stored for about 10 years or so . When I finally had it cut , that first slice to halve the log gave off a sympathetic resonance that I have experienced with nothing else . It actually hummed as that blade made its way .
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