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PYINKADO

Xylia spp.


Xylia spp. of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family, including at least Xylia dolabriformis and Xylia xylocarpa

This is a very hard wood from the Burma/Thailand region and it also is one of the many worldwide woods that goes by the name of "ironwood" among other common names. from the Internet:
The heartwood is dark red, slightly streaked and very fine; it is clearly demarcated from the thick, yellowish-white sapwood. The grain is interlocked or wavy; the texture moderately fine to medium and even; the surface somewhat gummy, causing a speckled appearance. The wood is heavy; extremely hard; very strong; very durable, being resistant to the weather as well as termites and other insects - untreated sleepers lasted for 12 years in Thailand and for 20-24 years in India. It is easy to work when fresh but becoming hard when dry and difficult to work and plane and has a serious blunting effect on tools but a good finish can be obtained. The wood is mainly utilized in heavy construction, house building, making bridges etc, as well as for railway sleepers, ship building, agricultural implements, tool handles etc.


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 sample plank of mai daeng / xylia xylocarpa --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The second side is untouched but the first side is sanded with the left half sanded to about 200 grit and the right side sanded to a glass-like finish with 400 grit. The is a beautiful piece of wood. The end grain is very similar to padauk but the face grain on this piece does not look like padauk. This piece was harvested in Laos.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of pyinkado / Xylia dolabriformis --- 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 labeled side is raw but the 2nd side has been sanded down to 240 grit so looks a bit richer in color and shows the face grain details a little better. NOTE: this is a laminated sample with two thin pieces one on top of the other.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

web pics:


plank listed as Xylia dolabriformis, but I am doubtful about the color


flooring pics provided by Martin Mensik, whom I thank --- Martin provided excellent pics so both levels of enlargement are available on all of them and you can really see the grain up close.