by Eric Meier (IWCS #9701)

Are you interested in getting or using new and unusual wood species? Are you a wood collector? If so, maybe we can trade. If you are a member of the International Wood Collectors Society (IWCS), then you probably already know that the standard size for wood samples is 6″ (long) x 3″ (wide) x 1/2″ (thick).

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What I’ve got for trade

Please note that this is not a for-sale list—I’m only looking to extend my diversity of wood species and therefore multiply the reach of the site. For purchasing wood samples, I’d direct you to other sources such as Gary Green, Carlton McLendon Inc, or the man who quite literally wrote the book on wood collecting, Alan Curtis.

    #Common NameScientific NameNotes
    001Pacific Silver FirAbies amabilisknot
    002Pacific Silver FirAbies amabilisapproximately 2.4″ wide
    003MulgaAcacia aneurajust under 2.5″ wide
    004LightwoodAcacia implexa7/16″ thick
    005YarranAcacia omalophyllaglued up (two piece), 3/8″ thick
    006Box ElderAcer negundodefects
    007Red MapleAcer rubrumslight defects
    008Hard MapleAcer saccharum
    009Mountain MapleAcer spicatumglued up (two piece), defects
    010Ambrosia MapleAcer spp.
    011Ambrosia MapleAcer spp.streaked, but without bug holes
    012Yellow BuckeyeAesculus flava (syn. A. octandra)
    191ChamfutaAfzelia quanzensis
    013KauriAgathis australisswamp-recovered Kauri
    015LebbeckAlbizia lebbeck
    158LebbeckAlbizia lebbeck2 7/8″ wide
    016Black SirisAlbizia odoratissima
    017BoonareeAlectryon oleifoliusglued up (two piece), 7/16″ thick, 5 3/4″ long
    018BoonareeAlectryon oleifoliusmostly sapwood
    019BulokeAllocasuarina luehmanniiminor defects
    020BulokeAllocasuarina luehmanniidefects
    021BulokeAllocasuarina luehmannii
    022Red AlderAlnus rubraknot one side
    023MersawaAnisoptera spp.glued up (two piece)
    024Parana PineAraucaria angustifolia
    025Madrone (burl veneer)Arbutus menziesiiveneer mounted to 1/2″ MDF
    203Goncalo AlvesAstronium spp.
    027Blackheart SassafrasAtherosperma moschatum
    168Okoume / GaboonAucoumea klaineanaglued up (two piece)
    189Brown IvoryBerchemia discolor
    208Brown IvoryBerchemia discolorglued up (2 stacked facegrain pieces)
    028Pink IvoryBerchemia zeyheriglued up (two piece), moderately curly figure
    029Pink IvoryBerchemia zeyherimoderately curly figure
    030BrazilnutBertholletia excelsa
    204BrazilnutBertholletia excelsaglued up (2 stacked facegrain pieces)
    031Suriname Ironwood/YzerhartBocoa prouacensissome sapwood, slight drying check one side
    032Suriname Ironwood/YzerhartBocoa prouacensis
    163Suriname Ironwood/YzerhartBocoa prouacensissome sapwood
    033SucupiraBowdichia virgilioides
    207SucupiraBowdichia virgilioidesglued up (3 stacked facegrain pieces)
    190MasasaBrachystegia spiciformis
    208CocuswoodBrya ebenusall sapwood; (glued-up 2 piece)
    034PucteBucida buceras
    210VerawoodBulnesia arboreasome sapwood, knot
    211Argentine Lignum VitaeBulnesia sarmientoi5.5″ long
    213BoxwoodBuxus sempervirensglued up (two piece)
    214BoxwoodBuxus sempervirensdefects/discoloration
    035LemonwoodCalycophyllum candidissimumglued up (two piece)
    036IvorywoodCalycophyllum multiflorum
    194MulmanamaCassia abbreviata5 3/4″ long
    206MulmanamaCassia abbreviata
    207MulmanamaCassia abbreviata5 3/4″ long, glued up (2 facegrain pieces)
    037American ChestnutCastanea dentatadefects
    038Chinese ChestnutCastanea mollissima
    167Sweet ChestnutCastanea sativa2.7″ wide
    039BelahCasuarina cristata
    040Southern CatalpaCatalpa bignonioides
    041HackberryCeltis occidentalis
    216MomoquiCenostimga pluviosa (=Caesalpinia)
    217MomoquiCenostimga pluviosa (=Caesalpinia)glued up (3 stacked facegrain layers)
    042CarobCeratonia siliquadefects
    043Port Orford CedarChamaecyparis lawsonianaapproximately 2.4″ wide
    218KouCordia subcordatasome sapwood
    219KouCordia subcordatasome sapwood, wane edge
    044HazelCorylus avellana2.6″ wide
    045Bolly or Tarzali SilkwoodCryptocarya oblata
    046Monterey CypressCupressus macrocarpa
    199OkanCylicodiscus gabunensis
    047Madagascar RosewoodDalbergia baronii7/16″ thick, bland
    048Siamese RosewoodDalbergia cochinchinensis7/16″ thick
    049Siamese RosewoodDalbergia cochinchinensis
    202East Indian RosewoodDalbergia latifoliaglued up (2 piece, well matched), 5 3/4″ long
    185Brazilian RosewoodDalbergia nigraglued up (2 stacked facegrain pieces)
    051Burmese RosewoodDalbergia oliveribland
    052SissooDalbergia sissoomostly sapwood
    053SissooDalbergia sissooknot
    054Honduran RosewoodDalbergia stevensoniisome sapwood
    055Honduran RosewoodDalbergia stevensonii
    056Giant BambooDendrocalamus asperloose corner, spalting
    057AngeliqueDicorynia guianensis
    200Angelim vermelhoDinizia excelsa
    058Malaysian BlackwoodDiospyros “ebonasea”
    059Mun EbonyDiospyros mun
    161PersimmonDiospyros virginianadiscoloration, 2 3/4″ wide
    060MovinguiDistemonanthus benthamianus~2.4″ wide; glued up (2 stacked facegrain pieces)
    061Texas EbonyEbenopsis ebanodefects
    201TiamaEntandrophragma angolense
    062GuanacasteEnterolobium cyclocarpumslight defect
    223JicarilloEschweilera spp. ?
    063Coast Gray BoxEucalyptus bosistoana
    064MarriEucalyptus calophyllaslightly undersized
    066Blue GumEucalyptus globulus
    067MessmateEucalyptus obliqua
    068BlackbuttEucalyptus pilularisdefects
    069Swamp MahoganyEucalyptus robustafigured grain
    070Grey IronbarkEucalyptus spp.minor defects
    071Grey IronbarkEucalyptus spp.major defects
    072Grey IronbarkEucalyptus spp.
    073LyptusEucalyptus urograndis
    074Southern Silky OakGrevillea robustariftsawn
    075Southern Silky OakGrevillea robustaquartersawn, defects
    076Lignum VitaeGuaiacum officinaledefects
    179BubingaGuibourtia spp.
    077CoffeetreeGymnocladus dioicus.35″ thick
    078Blue MahoeHibiscus elatus (syn. Talipariti)
    079Sea HibiscusHibiscus tiliaceusmostly sapwood
    192Milk PearInhambanella henriquesii
    181MerbauIntsia bijuga
    172JacarandaJacaranda mimosifoliabug hole/stain
    080ButternutJuglans cinereadefects one side
    081Bastogne WalnutJuglans x paradox50/50 sapwood/heartwood
    082Alligator JuniperJuniperus deppeanaapproximately 2.4″ wide
    083Black IronwoodKrugiodendron ferreum
    084Negrohead BeechLophozonia moorei
    085HububaliLoxopterygium sagotii
    186CucumbertreeMagnolia acuminata5 7/8″ long
    086Southern MagnoliaMagnolia grandiflora
    087AppleMalus pumilaglued up (two piece)
    187AppleMalus sylvestris1/16″ under in width and thickness
    088MangoMangifera indica
    089Chico ZapoteManilkara zapotajust over 2.5″ wide, knot
    090ThinwinMillettia leucantha (= M. pendula)
    091ThinwinMillettia leucantha (= M. pendula)7/16″ thickness
    092White MulberryMorus albadefects
    093Black MulberryMorus nigradefects
    193NewtoniaNewtonia hildebrandtii
    094TanoakNotholithocarpus densiflorusdefects/discoloration
    095OliveOlea europaeaglued up (three piece), ugly
    096Eastern HophornbeamOstrya virginianaminor defects
    097Eastern HophornbeamOstrya virginiana
    098NyatohPalaquium spp.2.75″ undersized
    177ParinariParinari excelsa.4″ thick
    099PaulowniaPaulownia tomentosa
    174Sitka SprucePicea sitchensis.4″ thick
    176Caribbean PinePinus caribaeablue stained
    100Shortleaf PinePinus echinatadefects
    102Sugar PinePinus lambertiana
    103Sugar PinePinus lambertianaapproximately 2.4″ wide
    104Ponderosa PinePinus ponderosaquartersawn, old growth
    105Radiata PinePinus radiata
    106Eastern White PinePinus strobusapproximately 2.4″ wide
    178Loblolly PinePinus taeda3/8″ thick, defects
    107Hormigo NegroPlatymiscium dimorphandrum
    108PodocarpPodocarpus spp.quartersawn
    109Quaking AspenPopulus tremuloidesapproximately 2.4″ wide
    110PlumPrunus domestica
    111PeachPrunus persicadefects
    112Douglas FirPseudotsuga menziesiiwavy grain
    113Douglas FirPseudotsuga menziesiimostly sapwood
    114KossoPterocarpus erinaceus
    115NarraPterocarpus indicus
    116NarraPterocarpus indicus2.75″ wide
    117AmendoimPterogyne nitensglued up (two piece)
    118PearPyrus communisvery light colored (possibly all sapwood)
    119White OakQuercus alba
    120Bur OakQuercus macrocarpa
    188Chinkapin OakQuercus muehlenbergii
    121Red OakQuercus rubramildly curly
    122Black OakQuercus velutina
    123Live OakQuercus virginianadefects
    196Common BuckthornRhamnus catharticaminor defects
    197Common BuckthornRhamnus catharticabark corner, defects
    124Cascara BuckthornRhamnus purshiana2 7/8″ wide, 3/8″ thick
    125Staghorn SumacRhus typhinaglued up (two piece)
    126PrimaveraRoseodendron donnell-smithii
    127SassafrasSassafras albidum
    171SassafrasSassafras albidum.4″ thick
    159QuebrachoSchinopsis spp.ID’d from USDA Forest Products Laboratory
    160QuebrachoSchinopsis spp.5 3/4″ long, ID’d from USDA Forest Products Laboratory
    205African sumacSearsia lanceasmall knots, planer tearout
    221Red louroSextonia rubra (=Ocotea)
    222Red louroSextonia rubra (=Ocotea)glued up (2 stacked facegrain layers)
    128SepetirSindora spp.bug holes
    169SepetirSindora spp.glued up (two piece)
    129RowanSorbus aucupariaminor defects
    130BeefwoodStenocarpus salignus 
    220QueenwoodSwartzia spp.
    131Honduran MahoganySwietenia macrophylla
    132Hybrid MahoganySwietenia macrophylla x mahoganiquartersawn
    133Hybrid MahoganySwietenia macrophylla x mahoganiflatsawn
    134Cuban MahoganySwietenia mahagoniglued up (four piece: facegrain layers)
    135Cuban MahoganySwietenia mahagonisome sapwood
    136MerpauhSwintonia spp.
    137LilacSyringa vulgaris2 3/4″ wide, knot
    138Tamarind (spalted)Tamarindus indicavery nicely spalted / ink lines
    198SaltcedarTamarix ramosissimaslightly cupped
    182English YewTaxus baccataslightly undersized
    139TeakTectona grandis2 3/4″ wide
    212NargustaTerminalia amazonia
    140Indian LaurelTerminalia elliptica
    180Western Red CedarThuja plicata
    141Littleleaf LindenTilia cordata
    142Australian Red CedarToona ciliataknot
    183Eastern HemlockTsuga canadensisslightly under in thickness
    184Eastern HemlockTsuga canadensis
    143Western HemlockTsuga heterophyllaapproximately 2.4″ wide
    144Winged ElmUlmus alata
    145American ElmUlmus americanasome sapwood
    146American ElmUlmus americanaquartersawn
    147Cedar ElmUlmus crassifolia
    215Cedar ElmUlmus crassifolia7/16″ thick
    148Chinese ElmUlmus parvifolia
    170English ElmUlmus proceraglued up (two piece)
    209English ElmUlmus proceraabout 1/2 sapwood
    149Siberian ElmUlmus pumila
    175Rock ElmUlmus thomasiidefects
    150MyrtleUmbellularia californicadefects/streaks
    164CamelthornVachellia erioloba (=Acacia)
    165CamelthornVachellia erioloba (=Acacia)drying checks
    166CamelthornVachellia erioloba (=Acacia)1/4+” thick, drying checks
    151Arizona RosewoodVauquelinia californicaslightly undersized
    152BrownheartVouacapoua americana
    153TineoWeinmannia trichospermalacking contrasting black streaks
    195Sand AshXylia torreana
    155PyinkadoXylia xylocarpamoderately figured grain
    156Tigre CaspiZygia cataractae

    Current as of 6/23/2017

    4″ x 4″ x 2″ Bowl Blanks

    In addition to the IWCS samples listed above, I also have the following bowl blanks. (These are air dried to ~12% MC, and I am willing to trade 1:1 for full size IWCS samples)

    BB-01CebilAnadenanthera colubrina
    BB-02Mountain MahoganyCercocarpus ledifoliusdrying checks, some sapwood
    BB-03African BlackwoodDalbergia melanoxylon
    BB-04RengasGluta spp.
    BB-05Brown EbonyLibidibia paraguariensis
    BB-09ImbuyaOcotea porosa
    BB-11MesquiteProsopis spp.
    BB-14CamelthornVachellia erioloba

    A few brief notes about the sample list above.

    • Unless otherwise noted in the “Notes” column, all samples should be very close to 6″ x 3″ x 1/2″ and in reasonably good condition, as well as fully air-dried to at least 12% moisture content.
    • Wood species identification is carefully checked, but not absolutely guaranteed. I try to deal with only reputable wood retailers and collectors. However, with that being said, I have received a number of misidentified woods (thankfully a very small percentage) over the years—sometimes from even the best of sources. I’ve made every effort to screen out what I believe are misidentified or questionable wood samples, but be aware that mistakes do happen.

    Let’s trade . . .

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    Try to include a list of wood samples that you have available for trade. If you have them in an excel spreadsheet or other document, just make a note of that and I’ll reply to you via email so you can attach the list that way.

    Please do not guess at wood identification

    Thank you.