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I got this wood from my wood supplier who got it from their supplier and no one knows what it is. First I thought that it was pau ferro, but it seems to heavy. One of the pieces is 20mm x 100mm x 350mm and weighs 900g. That makes a specific gravity of 1,285 at the current moisture content, wich is around 10-12%.
The pieces in the pictures, including the mallet, are all natural, no finish is applied.
Does anyone have a clue what this could be?
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Goncalo Alves? (Also known as Tiger Wood or Jobillo.)

Same coloring and grain structure as Cocobolo and Pau Ferro...

But Pau Ferro is 55 lbs/ft3 (880 kg/m3). Cocobolo is 67 lbs/ft3 (1,070 kg/m3). Goncalo Alves is 62 lbs/ft3 (995 kg/m3) and matches the closest to your pictures.

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Thanks for your reply!
Yes, it could definately be Goncalo Alves. Most features seem correct. It's just the weight that doesn't make sense. My boards ar too dense. A piece of this wood will sink like a rock in water. On the other hand, I read somewhere that the specific gravity of Goncalo Alves can differ greately.
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I would quess by your desription it is Tiger wood.
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Ipe??
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Lignum Vitae has a huge range of colour, and the specific gravity is spot on...
How to Tell Genuine Lignum Vitae from Argentine Lignum Vitae | The Wood Database
Have you eliminated it from the possibles?
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Tiger wood id say, take it to home depot or lowes and look at it next to a piece of their tiger wood flooring and see if it looks like it. without having a visiual to compare it too, its hard to tell, esp. by comparing weights and moisture content. does it seem to be treated with anything?
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Thank you for your thoughts guys!
I live in Sweden so I can't visit Home Depot or Lowes and I've never come across any of those species in Swedish flooring shops. I still think that Tiger Wood/Goncalo Alves is the most likely alternative as the appearance is extremely close. I also read somwhere that the weight of Goncalo Alves could range between 50-80 lbs/cu.ft, even though the guy who wrote it didn't really believe that it would get as heavy as that. His pieces usually stayed around 60 lb/cu.ft.
80 lb/cu.ft would actually match my meassurements.
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These Species are new for new....and thank you Guys for the info you gave about Tiger Wood. Hope it will sure come handy when i need it the most.
Thanks a lot.
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