#56: Mystery wood

Bird number: 88
Date: August 7, 2012
Wood: Mystery wood (unknown)
Source: Friend

A friend asked if I was interested in a piece of wood that he had in his shop. He said it was relatively hard and nicely figured, but had no idea what type of wood it was. I accepted, figuring I’d do something with it. I hadn’t planned on making birds from unknown wood species, but then I thought, “why not?” It’s my project and my rules, after all.

The wood is indeed hard, as advertised, and it’s beautiful stuff.

I suspect that this is some kind of Rosewood, although I wouldn’t venture to guess what kind. The reason I think it’s Rosewood is that this piece gave off a fairly strong, sweet odor when I was working with it. As far as I can tell, it smells how others describe the smell of Rosewood. But then, trying to describe a smell is somewhat difficult.

That’s okay. I don’t have to know what the wood is. I have a fairly large piece from which I can make other things. Probably not with a knife, though. The wood really is very hard.