Ben, are you in Tokyo too? :-)
That piece you have in the picture looks really nice, but I'm not sure
what it is. I've got a carpenter friend that knows the local woods
pretty well so I'll run it by him.
I recently found a lumber yard nearby that has a giveaway bin. Half of
my living room is now filled with wood scraps.
I've put some better natural light photos there now.
That little shack in the photo set is the giveaway place for this lumber
yard. There was about a ton of bits of wood in front of it and I picked some
nicer looking pieces. I probably should have taken more.
I've got a tentative answer from a wood expert which is that as far as he
can tell from the photos it is Zelkova wood, or keyaki.
Thanks very much to everyone who looked at the photos and suggested an
answer. It's been a learning experience for me.
Thank you for letting us know.
That certainly is an option, although in this case it is not really possible
to 100% certain identify this wood from a picture only. But if the local
experts think this is likely to be it then it is likely to be so.
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