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 Name Scientific Name Notes
    001 Pacific Silver Fir Abies amabilis knot
    002 Pacific Silver Fir Abies amabilis approximately 2.4″ wide
    003 Mulga Acacia aneura just under 2.5″ wide
    004 Lightwood Acacia implexa 7/16″ thick
    005 Yarran Acacia omalophylla glued up (two piece), 3/8″ thick
    006 Box Elder Acer negundo defects
    007 Red Maple Acer rubrum slight defects
    008 Hard Maple Acer saccharum
    009 Mountain Maple Acer spicatum glued up (two piece), defects
    010 Ambrosia Maple Acer spp.
    011 Ambrosia Maple Acer spp. streaked, but without bug holes
    012 Yellow Buckeye Aesculus flava (syn. A. octandra)
    013 Kauri Agathis australis swamp-recovered Kauri
    015 Lebbeck Albizia lebbeck
    158 Lebbeck Albizia lebbeck 2 7/8″ wide
    016 Bhilwara Rosewood Albizia odoratissima still drying, ready Q2 of 2017
    017 Boonaree Alectryon oleifolius glued up (two piece), 7/16″ thick, 5 3/4″ long
    018 Boonaree Alectryon oleifolius mostly sapwood
    019 Buloke Allocasuarina luehmannii minor defects
    020 Buloke Allocasuarina luehmannii defects
    021 Buloke Allocasuarina luehmannii
    022 Red Alder Alnus rubra knot one side
    023 Mersawa Anisoptera spp. glued up (two piece)
    024 Parana Pine Araucaria angustifolia
    025 Madrone (burl veneer) Arbutus menziesii veneer mounted to 1/2″ MDF
    026 Araracanga/Volador Aspidosperma megalocarpon approximately 2.4″ wide
    027 Blackheart Sassafras Atherosperma moschatum
    168 Okoume / Gaboon Aucoumea klaineana glued up (two piece)
    028 Pink Ivory Berchemia zeyheri glued up (two piece), moderately curly figure
    029 Pink Ivory Berchemia zeyheri moderately curly figure
    030 Brazilnut Bertholletia excelsa
    031 Suriname Ironwood/Yzerhart Bocoa prouacensis some sapwood, slight drying check one side
    032 Suriname Ironwood/Yzerhart Bocoa prouacensis
    162 Suriname Ironwood/Yzerhart Bocoa prouacensis one side all sapwood, other 1/3 sapwood
    163 Suriname Ironwood/Yzerhart Bocoa prouacensis some sapwood
    033 Sucupira Bowdichia virgilioides
    034 Pucte Bucida buceras
    035 Lemonwood Calycophyllum candidissimum glued up (two piece)
    036 Ivorywood Calycophyllum multiflorum
    037 American Chestnut Castanea dentata defects
    038 Chinese Chestnut Castanea mollissima
    167 Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa 2.7″ wide
    039 Belah Casuarina cristata
    040 Southern Catalpa Catalpa bignonioides
    041 Hackberry Celtis occidentalis
    042 Carob Ceratonia siliqua defects
    043 Port Orford Cedar Chamaecyparis lawsoniana approximately 2.4″ wide
    044 Hazel Corylus avellana 2.6″ wide
    045 Bolly or Tarzali Silkwood Cryptocarya oblata
    046 Monterey Cypress Cupressus macrocarpa
    047 Madagascar Rosewood Dalbergia baronii 7/16″ thick, bland
    048 Siamese Rosewood Dalbergia cochinchinensis 7/16″ thick
    049 Siamese Rosewood Dalbergia cochinchinensis
    050 Burmese Blackwood Dalbergia cultrata
    051 Burmese Rosewood Dalbergia oliveri bland
    052 Sissoo Dalbergia sissoo mostly sapwood
    053 Sissoo Dalbergia sissoo knot
    054 Honduran Rosewood Dalbergia stevensonii some sapwood
    055 Honduran Rosewood Dalbergia stevensonii
    056 Giant Bamboo Dendrocalamus asper loose corner, spalting
    057 Angelique Dicorynia guianensis
    058 Malaysian Blackwood Diospyros “ebonasea”
    059 Mun Ebony Diospyros mun
    161 Persimmon Diospyros virginiana discoloration, 2 3/4″ wide
    060 Movingui Distemonanthus benthamianus approximately 2.4″ wide
    061 Texas Ebony Ebenopsis ebano defects
    062 Guanacaste Enterolobium cyclocarpum slight defect
    063 Coast Gray Box Eucalyptus bosistoana
    064 Marri Eucalyptus calophylla slightly undersized
    065 Karri Eucalyptus diversicolor 3/8″ thick, moderately figured grain
    066 Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus
    067 Messmate Eucalyptus obliqua
    068 Blackbutt Eucalyptus pilularis defects
    069 Swamp Mahogany Eucalyptus robusta figured grain
    070 Grey Ironbark Eucalyptus spp. minor defects
    071 Grey Ironbark Eucalyptus spp. major defects
    072 Grey Ironbark Eucalyptus spp.
    073 Lyptus Eucalyptus urograndis
    074 Southern Silky Oak Grevillea robusta riftsawn
    075 Southern Silky Oak Grevillea robusta quartersawn, defects
    076 Lignum Vitae Guaiacum officinale defects
    179 Bubinga Guibourtia spp.
    077 Coffeetree Gymnocladus dioicus .35″ thick
    078 Blue Mahoe Hibiscus elatus (syn. Talipariti)
    079 Sea Hibiscus Hibiscus tiliaceus mostly sapwood
    181 Merbau Intsia bijuga
    172 Jacaranda Jacaranda mimosifolia bug hole/stain
    080 Butternut Juglans cinerea defects one side
    081 Bastogne Walnut Juglans x paradox 50/50 sapwood/heartwood
    082 Alligator Juniper Juniperus deppeana approximately 2.4″ wide
    083 Black Ironwood Krugiodendron ferreum
    084 Negrohead Beech Lophozonia moorei
    085 Hububali Loxopterygium sagotti
    086 Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora
    087 Apple Malus domestica slight defect
    088 Mango Mangifera indica
    089 Chico Zapote Manilkara zapota just over 2.5″ wide, knot
    090 Thinwin Millettia leucantha (syn. M. pendula)
    091 Thinwin Millettia leucantha (syn. M. pendula) 7/16″ thickness
    092 White Mulberry Morus alba defects
    093 Black Mulberry Morus nigra defects
    094 Tanoak Notholithocarpus densiflorus defects/discoloration
    095 Olive Olea europaea glued up (three piece), ugly
    096 Eastern Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana minor defects
    097 Eastern Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana
    098 Nyatoh Palaquium spp. 2.75″ undersized
    177 Parinari Parinari excelsa .4″ thick
    099 Paulownia Paulownia tomentosa
    174 Sitka Spruce Picea sitchensis .4″ thick
    176 Caribbean Pine Pinus caribaea blue stained
    100 Shortleaf Pine Pinus echinata defects
    101 Limber Pine Pinus flexilis glued up (two piece)
    102 Sugar Pine Pinus lambertiana
    103 Sugar Pine Pinus lambertiana approximately 2.4″ wide
    104 Ponderosa Pine Pinus ponderosa quartersawn, old growth
    105 Radiata Pine Pinus radiata
    106 Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus approximately 2.4″ wide
    178 Loblolly Pine Pinus taeda 3/8″ thick, defects
    107 Hormigo Negro Platymiscium dimorphandrum
    108 Podocarp Podocarpus spp. quartersawn
    109 Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides approximately 2.4″ wide
    110 Plum Prunus domestica
    111 Peach Prunus persica defects
    112 Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menziesii wavy grain
    113 Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menziesii mostly sapwood
    114 Kosso Pterocarpus erinaceus
    115 Narra Pterocarpus indicus
    116 Narra Pterocarpus indicus 2.75″ wide
    117 Amendoim Pterogyne nitens glued up (two piece)
    118 Pear Pyrus communis very light colored (possibly all sapwood)
    119 White Oak Quercus alba
    120 Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa
    121 Red Oak Quercus rubra mildly curly
    122 Black Oak Quercus velutina
    123 Live Oak Quercus virginiana defects
    124 Cascara Buckthorn Rhamnus purshiana 2 7/8″ wide, 3/8″ thick
    125 Staghorn Sumac Rhus typhina glued up (two piece)
    126 Primavera Roseodendron donnell-smithii
    127 Sassafras Sassafras albidum
    171 Sassafras Sassafras albidum .4″ thick
    159 Quebracho Schinopsis spp. ID’d from USDA Forest Products Laboratory
    160 Quebracho Schinopsis spp. 5 3/4″ long, ID’d from USDA Forest Products Laboratory
    173 California Pepper Schinus molle spalted, knot clusters
    128 Sepetir Sindora spp. bug holes
    169 Sepetir Sindora spp. glued up (two piece)
    129 Rowan Sorbus aucuparia minor defects
    130 Beefwood Stenocarpus salignus 
    131 Honduran Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla
    132 Hybrid Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla x mahogani quartersawn
    133 Hybrid Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla x mahogani flatsawn
    134 Cuban Mahogany Swietenia mahagoni glued up (four piece: facegrain layers)
    135 Cuban Mahogany Swietenia mahagoni some sapwood
    136 Merpauh Swintonia spp.
    137 Lilac Syringa vulgaris 2 3/4″ wide, knot
    138 Tamarind (spalted) Tamarindus indica very nicely spalted / ink lines
    139 Teak Tectona grandis 2 3/4″ wide
    140 Indian Laurel Terminalia elliptica still drying, ready Q2 of 2017
    180 Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata
    141 Littleleaf Linden Tilia cordata
    142 Australian Red Cedar Toona ciliata knot
    143 Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla approximately 2.4″ wide
    144 Winged Elm Ulmus alata
    145 American Elm Ulmus americana some sapwood
    146 American Elm Ulmus americana quartersawn
    147 Cedar Elm Ulmus crassifolia
    148 Chinese Elm Ulmus parvifolia
    170 English Elm Ulmus procera glued up (two piece)
    149 Siberian Elm Ulmus pumila
    175 Rock Elm Ulmus thomasii defects
    150 Myrtle Umbellularia californica defects/streaks
    164 Camelthorn Vachellia (=Acacia) erioloba
    165 Camelthorn Vachellia (=Acacia) erioloba drying checks
    166 Camelthorn Vachellia (=Acacia) erioloba 1/4+” thick, drying checks
    151 Arizona Rosewood Vauquelinia californica slightly undersized
    152 Brownheart Vouacapoua americana
    153 Tineo Weinmannia trichosperma lacking contrasting black streaks
    155 Pyinkado Xylia xylocarpa moderately figured grain
    156 Tigre Caspi Zygia cataractae

    *Current as of 2/7/2017

    NOTE: If you are not concerned with standard IWCS sizes, I also have a number of samples 4″ long x 4″ wide x 1″ thick (or 2″ thick). Contact me for more details.

    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.