Thespesia populnea of the family Malvaceae. Native to Hawaii and sometimes listed as Hawaiian milo. I don't always bother to mention this designation.
my samples: NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions
both sides of a sample plank of milo / Thespesia populnea --- 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 color in these pics is a bit too golden --- should be more chocolate
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
These are "my" samples only in that they are pics sent to me by Charlie Pace, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. These are bookmatched thin-wood pairs destined for use as the back of ukuleles and they came to Charlie from Hawaii. Both levels of enlargement are present.
both sides of a pair of planks
both sides and a closeup of a pair of planks
slabs, bookmatched for the obvious reason
turning stock (probably waxed)
pen turned from milo / Thespesia populnea. Photograph contributed to the site by the pen turner, Bruce Selyem, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The pen is finished with shellwax.