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EXOTIC WOOD: MYRTLE Myrtle wood is renowned throughout the Pacific Northwest for its excellent machining and finishing properties as well as its beautiful color, spicy aroma, and figure. Also known as Bay Laurel, California Olive, Pepper wood, or Spice tree, this versatile hardwood grows only in Oregon and Northernmost California. Colors range drastically even in the same log so that a range from golden yellow, green, black, brown, tan, and violet can exist. www.cookwoods.com

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EXOTIC WOOD: PURPLEHEART or Amarynth is a brilliantly colored hardwood from South America that is very popular for its naturally deep purple color. The color is a pale brown when freshly cut, darkening to deep violet purple with UV exposure in a few days.  Occasionally the trees produce either fiddleback or a ropey mottled curl from interlocked grain. The wood has coarse open grain and is dense and durable. www.cookwoods.com

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The Holy Grail of instrument woods, Brazilian Rosewood is the coveted hardwood by which all other tone woods in the World are judged. It is known for its sweet, fragrant aroma and incredible acoustical qualities. The rich, even color of Brazilian Rosewood can range from dark brown, brick red, orange, and even black. Rare on the World Market, this hardwood cannot be shipped outside of the USA. Our wood is cut from reclaimed stumps from trees that were cut in the 1960's and 1970's.

The Holy Grail of instrument woods, Brazilian Rosewood is the coveted hardwood by which all other tone woods in the World are judged. It is known for its sweet, fragrant aroma and incredible acoustical qualities. The rich, even color of Brazilian Rosew

EXOTIC WOOD: RENGAS is also called Borneo Rosewood and originates from Asia. This unique species (though not a true rosewood) shares many of the same colors and working properties of the true Dalbergia Rosewoods. The wood ranges in color from warm oranges and reds to almost black streaks. The streaks are very well-defined, unlike many woods. www.cookwoods.com

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Because natural world of wood is so perfectly unpredictable and varied, familiarity with tree types and wood grain is one of the most important skills of woodworking.

EXOTIC WOOD: BLOODWOOD Bloodwood, Brosimum paraense, has commercial names that include Cardinal wood, Blood wood, Satine, Satina, and Satine rubanne.  A dense, fine grained wood, Bloodwood takes a high polish and can be used for anything from musical instruments, fine furniture, flooring, dye wood and intarsia, to inlay, and more.  From South America (chiefly Brazil) Bloodwood trees range from 40-70’ tall with diameter of 12” up to 24” for a large tree.   www.cookwoods.com

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EXOTIC WOOD: BORNEO ROSEWOOD Also called Rangas, Borneo Rosewood originates from Asia. This unique species (though not a true rosewood) shares many of the same colors and working properties of the true Dalbergia Rosewoods. The wood ranges in color from warm oranges and reds to almost black streaks. The streaks are very well-defined, unlike many woods.  www.cookwoods.com

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EXOTIC WOOD: FANCY MYRTLEWOOD Myrtle is one of our specialty woods, as it is grown and harvested right here in our home state of Oregon, hand selected by us, trucked to our yard, and carefully milled in our facility. Myrtle wood is renowned throughout the Pacific Northwest for its excellent machining and finishing properties as well as its beautiful color, spicy aroma, and figure. www.cookwoods.com

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EXOTIC WOOD: BUCKEYE BURL is an unusual species. Colors range from blue-black to golden whites with a nice mixture in between. Buckeye is a very difficult and expensive wood to mill. Some of the obstacles faced when milling are rocks, sand, dirt, bullets, and rattle snakes. The Base of the tree (root wad) that is underground produces 90% or more of the burl. The burls can range from 50 pounds up to several thousand in their natural state. www.cookwoods.com

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EXOTIC WOOD: SUNSET WOOD Emanating from Asia, Sunset wood is a unique species that is slightly oily like Teak and has a similar musky smell.  The wood ages to take on sunset like yellows, oranges, and darker shades with exposure.  Excellent for inlay and intarsia, this wood is rare and in short supply. Sunset wood comes from trees that are small and do not produce many usable pieces. Sunset wood is truly beautiful in appearance, easy to turn and polishes well. www.cookwoods.com

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EXOTIC WOOD: PREMIUM EXHIBITION BLACK AND WHITE EBONY A distinctive, rare, true Ebony, Black & White Ebony originates from Southeast Asia and Laos. Ebony has no hue, but rather contains neutral colors like black or white. This special variety has inky black variegations flowing through pale milky white.The wood density ranges from .67 to 1.02 depending on the coloration. It is excellent for turning and for use in fancy articles. Diospyros embryopteris.  www.cookwoods.com

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EXOTIC WOOD: WENGE is a unique species of hardwoods from equatorial West Africa.  Wenge has fine dark lines with narrow brown streaks. Chocolate brown lines appear black when a clear finish is applied and the lighter colored streaks show as subtle contrast.  The closest species match in color and working properties is Pheasant wood which is extremely popular and in short supply.  Wenge is a good wood to use in place of Gabon Ebony when larger defect free sizes are required.

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