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CARRETO

Aspidosperma spp.

Aspidosperma spp. of the family Apocynaceae. Carreto is one set of Aspidosperma species and another wood, peroba rosa, is another set of Aspidosperma species. Because they are similar in color and face grain appearance, they cannot always be distinguished by the face grain, but they can always be distinguished by the end grain, as seen directly below. The two sets of species are:

shibidan aspidosperma album (peroba rosa)
carreto
peroba rosa
Aspidosperma curraniiAspidosperma album
Aspidosperma desmanthumAspidosperma centrale
Aspidosperma dugandiiAspidosperma peroba
Aspidosperma ellipticaAspidosperma polyneuron
Aspidosperma macrocarponAspidosperma populifolium
Aspidosperma polyneuronAspidosperma pyricollum
Aspidosperma rusbyAspidosperma pyrifolium
Aspidosperma tomentosum
NOTE: I am not completely confident that the separation
of end grain characteristics of the two groups listed
above is as clear-cut as the image below makes it seem

I note that the species Aspidosperma polyneuron uses both names. There are a few other species, from other genera, that also have carreto as all or part of one or more of their common names

Typical end grain patterns for the two groups



my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions


both sides of a quartersawn sample plank of carreto / Aspidosperma dugandii --- NOTE: The apparent difference in color between the sides is not present in the wood; both sides look exactly like the second pic in color.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a flat cut sample plank of carreto / Aspidosperma dugandii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The bright red areas on the right-hand side of the unlabeled side of the plank are even more bright in reality than they are in this pic.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


sample plank and end grain of carreto / Aspidosperma spp. This was sold to me as peroba rosa / Aspidosperma spp. BUT ... this is one of those ones that got confused. The end grain clearly shows that it is carreto / Aspidosperma spp. (see notes at the top of the page)


end grain and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of carreto / Aspidosperma spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was contributed to the site by Mike Johnson. Thanks Mike. These were identified to Mike as, and he presented them to me as, peroba rosa. As is explained at the top of the page, these two woods are sometimes confused but the end grain makes it clear which is which.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of carreto / Aspidosperma spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was contributed to the site by Mike Johnson. Thanks Mike. These were identified to Mike as, and he presented them to me as, peroba rosa. As is explained at the top of the page, these two woods are sometimes confused but the end grain makes it clear which is which.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

web pics:


cookie


the buyer of this plank told me that it is a beautiful orange, slightly darker than in this picture.


turning blocks


turning stick


scales


pen blanks that have been oiled and waxed