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Offline ear3

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Kosso wood!
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:48 AM »
I was at a lumber yard in NJ last weekend looking to add some additional species of wood samples for a commission I'm drawing up, and I came across this wood that I had never seen or heard of before: Kosso wood.  The lumber yard manager didn't have many details about how they had come across it, only that they got it at a really good price.  They have a boatload, and are providing it in dimensional S4S, 4/4 and 8/4 at less than $5 a board foot!  I picked up 4 boards for myself just for the heck of it, and will probably go back for more soon.

There's some info about it online -- apparently it's sourced mainly from Nigeria -- but even in the wood database there's only a stub article:

There's a tremendous color variation in it's raw state, from a kind of fruit loops rainbow pattern to a striated olive color, as you can see in the three samples I have here finished in Rubio Monocoat.  It's a fairly knotty wood, but the knots actually add to its character, as they concentrate this kind of blood-red sap that adds a vivid splash of color to the board.

Has anyone come across this wood before or tried to use it for anything?
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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Kosso wood!
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2017, 09:59 AM »
I've never heard of it before either.  I tend to like wild grain as a feature in projects, and these boards certainly have it.  The color variation is interesting - I think I like the red tones a little better.

I still have four Koa boards in my collection that I got from a lumber yard about 40 years ago.  At the time they were less than walnut - maybe $1-2 / board foot.  I didn't know what I was looking at, but I thought they looked nice.  In terms of sheer rate of return, they have probably been a better investment than anything else I've ever bought.

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Kosso wood!
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2017, 10:25 AM »
This wiki seems to have quite a bit more about it. The additional names might help find even more info.


Offline Cheese

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Re: Kosso wood!
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2017, 11:01 AM »
I like it a lot. Some pretty interesting grain patterns. It could get a bit busy for some projects, however overall pretty interesting.