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SEN

Kalopanax spp.

Kalopanax septemlobus (and synonyms Acanthopanax ricinifolius, Kalopanax ricinifolium, and Kalopanax pictus), of the family Araliaceae, the ivy and ginseng family

In the USA this wood is frequently sold as "Japanese ash" and while it does look a great deal like ash, it is not in fact related to ash. I am particularly grateful to Paul van Rijckevorsel for clarifying this for me, as I had mistakenly included sen on my ash page. I note that both the face grain and the fine grain detail in the end grain closeup both look a lot like ash.

In Japan, where it goes under the trade name Harigiri, this is a very popular wood for paneling and furniture. In the USA it is frequently sold as veneer.



my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of sen (harigiri) / Kalopanax septemlobus --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of sen (harigiri) / Kalopanax septemlobus --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of sen (harigiri) / Kalopanax septemlobus --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. There is a very slight red tinge to these pics that is not in the wood


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of sen (harigiri) / Kalopanax septemlobus --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. There is a very slight red tinge to these pics that is not in the wood


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


quartersawn plank


quartersawn sen veneer --- the top piece is curly


flat cut sen w/ nice cathedral grain --- these 4 pics are from a veneer lot that was sold to me as sen, but I note that this veneer has a MUCH more slick surface and a more silvery color than any of the other sen I've ever encountered (sen tends to be much more grainy than this veneer). Also, I have seen veneer that looks exactly like this sold as "silver ash", which is a true ash variety. SO ... I can't say for sure, but it is likely that this is "silver ash", not sen.


sen veneer and closeup


sen veneer and closeup


sen veneer



web pics:


planks, flat cut and quartersawn


veneer


veneer from a vendor who manipulates her pics to make the wood look far more shiny than it actually is.


veneer from a vendor whose pics frequently make wood look green regardless of what color it actually is


flat cut veneer


quartersawn veneer


figured sen veneer from a vendor who manipulates her pics to make the wood look far more shiny than it actually is.


figured veneer and closeup


fiddleback sen veneer --- I do not believe the green color; wood is much more likely to be tan or whitish tan; the color on the last pic is likely more accurate than the others


sen veneer, all from the same vendor


sen veneer sheet closeups with both levels of enlargement --- the first is quartersawn and the others are flat cut