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Description of Collection C is in progress

A collection of 35 samples pulled out of collection B because these samples are not the same uniform size as those in collection B but rather are 3 different sizes. Like collection B, these have only a common name stamped on them but unlike collection B where there were only a few woods I could not identify at least by genus, about 1/3 of these are woods that I cannot identify and that have been put on the mystery woods page.

Following my method for collection B, I have used these as an excellent opportunity to show how the surface aging of the wood is just that ... SURFACE aging. On each of these I removed 1/8" from one face and then sanded it smooth and I have before and after pics of that surface in each case, showing how the surface aging (on all but a few wood such as black locust) does not go even 1/8" into the wood. I have also sliced off 1/8" from one end and then done my fine sanding (1200 grit) on them for the "end grain update" pics for the anatomy pages on this site.

A lot of care was taken in stamping the names into the wood. I'd love to know where these were processed. This kind of stamping likely hasn't been done in a long time so I think these are pretty old. That is, the surface aging alone suggests at least a decade or two but I would not be surprised to find that these were made around 100 years ago.

the collection

a closeup of the stamping on a few pieces. As you can see, there is a name stamped along the bottom edge. It is I. LENTHALL. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to find out who this was.

Here's a closeup of one of the edge stamping

The other end of the piecs shown above with the end grain common name stamping

A list of the woods in this collection. The ones with "???" will either be on the mystery wood page or not in the main pages at all