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    Dalmation Wood...

    I bought a small piece of this at Woodcraft but nobody (or their reference books) could describe its characteristics:
    o Does its color fade or turns brown (like purpleheart)?
    o High resin content? (will it gum up sanders?)
    o What's its relative strength (furniture or small accent projects?)
    o Toxic?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thx.

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    http://www.exoticwoodworld.com/species.htm

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    RE: Dalmation Wood...

    Sorry I can't be of much help, but I have seen violins & other musical instruments made of it. Does it have a nice tone when struck?

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    RE: Dalmation Wood...

    Rion,

    That's Jim King's web site you linked to and he's on most all of the woodturning forums..except ours. You can see a turned vessel from the wood in the "Gallery."

    I found a comment from him on "Woodturner's Resource" where he said the Dalmation Wood was very hard but worked well and could be polished to a high shine.

    I'd never heard of it before now.

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    RE: Dalmation Wood...

    "...never heard of it before..."

    Second that. Clueless, me. Wonder what its genus/species name is? Better info might be forthcoming if we could find that. My copy of "Know Your Woods" is in the attic, though, outta' the way of construction...

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    RE: Dalmation Wood...

    I don't know anything about the wood, but as somebody with two of the dogs, I can tell you that it's spelled with three a's and no o's: Dalmatian. :+

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    RE: Dalmation Wood...

    Cody/Tim/Triple...:

    Thx for the responses. I found a few things but not the info I was interested in. I found a few turning sites showing off some bowls made of it - a really nice looking wood.

    Here's some info on the sticker:
    Common Name: Dalmation
    Scientific Name: Swartzia Arborescens

    The supplier's website: www.exoticwoodworld.com

    The pieces I saw were uniform in color - something like mahogany and lacewood.

    Hope that helps somebody.

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    RE: Dalmation Wood...

    Rob:

    That was one of my thoughts,also and that it might be a typo - but no spots nor did the wood bark. :-) (How about that for a pun).

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    RE: Dalmation Wood...

    MAN. Even THAT ain't triggerin' much info. It apparently comes from central/south America, and has leaves similar to those of birches, and... it's a LEGUME. Ain't much other info about it any dang where. Ya gonna' hafta' write us up some data! :)



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    RE: Dalmation Wood...

    That website seems to indicate that this might be from the Amazon basin. It's probably new in this country. Hope it's renewable.

    I'll take pictures.

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    RE: Dalmation Wood...

    This is a quote by Jim King on naming the wood:

    "The Dalmatian wood came into us without even a local name so we took it upon ourselves over a bottle of rum to name it. As it many times has spots and we have a Dalmatian street dog the decision was easy."

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