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Araucaria araucana

Araucaria araucana (syn. Araucaria imbricata) of the family Araucariaceae

A Latin American wood, also known as Monkey Puzzle Pine and Chilean Pine

my samples:

both sides of a sample plank listed as monkey puzzle / Araucaria araucana

end grain and end grain closeup of the sample plank directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

both sides of a piece of monkey puzzle / Araucaria araucana --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.

end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

monkey puzzle cookie and a closeup. This piece was contributed to the site by Larry Cook; thanks Larry. This was sanded to 400 grit, so the end grain (it's ALL end grain) is very clear but not up to the standards of my usual END GRAIN UPDATE

both sides of a knot area --- the first side is sanded to about 400 grit and the second side is rough-sanded. HUGE enlargements are present.

end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above

face grain closeup and backlit face grain of the piece directly above --- the color of the backlit pic is COMPLETELY wrong but I was unable to get it to come out right. The piece is 1/4" thick so it is not nearly as translucent as the earrings down at the bottom of the page but the COLOR is exactly the orange that you see down there, not this purple color shown here.

web pics:

turning stock listed as monkey puzzle / Araucaria arucana, and with blue stain and knots



6"x3" bowl by Steve Earis and the blank it was turned from; extreme enlargements are available on the bowl

bowl with what appears to be blue stain, although it was not listed as such


two views of a spinner's "drop spindle"

monkey puzzle / Araucaria araucana earrings by Dean Robertson who got the wood from ornamental trees growing in Washington state. Dean tells me there are no artificial colors added, just a finishing agent, but they are cut thin so the orange is translucent and these are back-lit to enhance the effect. Extreme enlargements are present

Dean and I did a trade and my daughter got a pair of his earrings. These have the translucence shown in his pics above but I had only a few minutes to get these pics (it's a long story) so did not manage to get a good back-lit pic.

another trade resulted in 2 more pair, a "normal" sized one and one of Dean's small pairs. His pics above show the translucent nature of these better than I can so I did not even try for good back-lit pics.