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A collection of 27 samples of South American wood with sizes that vary somewhat but are generally about 2 1/2" wide, 3/8" to 3/4" thick, and all about 9 1/2" long. They all have either neatly printed labels on one edge but unfortunately the lables are for common names and many of them are not especially helpful in identifying a species.

These have presented me with an excellent opportunity to show how the surface aging of the wood is just that ... SURFACE aging. On each of these I sanded the back surface and I have before and after pics of that surface in each case, showing how the surface aging (on all but a few of them) is only surface deep. I have also done my fine sanding (1200 grit) on them for the "end grain update" pics for the anatomy pages on this site.

the collection

some of the labels