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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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What tree does it come from?

I'm just curious if anyone know what type of tree ADA's wood comes from. I would like to be able to collect pieces of wood that sink on their own, and I think if I knew what kind of wood old black wood is I could maybe find something similar in the states.


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 01:55 PM
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There are several woods they sell. The black wood comes from South America, Rio Negro, so you're not likely going to find it here.

Look for any gnarly twisted wood. I don't think there are any except tree roots or Mazanita.


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Not a clue what ADA uses. It all really comes down to density though. The stuff you see at big box pet stores is called mopani, it sinks every time, and I think it is from Africa (not too sure though).

If you were down south you could collect cypress. "Sinker cypress" is typically recovered from stream/rivers and makes great DW if you are lucky enough to be in an area where it occurs naturally.

In general, any old, long dead, hardwood will work (so long as you spend the time to water-log it). But finding pieces that are dense enough to sink on their own, in a dry state, is quite a challenge.


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Yes, Mopani is from Southern Africa from the Bushveld habitat. When I was there it was what we used in the fire pits it burns longer & hotter that Oak or Hickory. In the morning embers would still be glowing in the ashes. Pretty cool leaves on the trees.
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