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May 15th, 2018 at 7:44pm
 
Picked this up the other day. 23 inches long and just shy of 2 lbs. Have no idea what the wood is. It looks like walnut but has a sweetish smell. I'll have to try to find something to try it on.
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Reply #1 - May 16th, 2018 at 12:43am
 
Hmmm... It doesn't look knobby enough to be blackthorn, but I'm no shillelagh expert.  I know a lot of them were also made of oak traditionally.
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Reply #2 - May 16th, 2018 at 3:42am
 
Now that really does look like a Skullcracker. Ouch.
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Reply #3 - May 16th, 2018 at 9:48am
 
pretty lumpy, not walnut or oak - blackthorn is more likely.
Some sort of smaller tree/hedge anyway.
I've turned a couple like that in the past.
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Reply #4 - May 16th, 2018 at 2:46pm
 
Sweetish smell? Interesting. Too bad it's stained, makes it pretty difficult to guess what species. Nice skullcracker though. Around here that would probably end up being my catfish whacker.
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Reply #5 - May 17th, 2018 at 6:30am
 
It's not stained. That's the natural color of the wood
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Reply #6 - May 17th, 2018 at 8:17am
 
It sounds somewhat like Jamwood, which is endemic to Western Australia.

Jamwood has the dark colouration and the sweet smell you are describing, which can smell like raspberry jam.

It could very-well be made from a similar wood to Jamwood.
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Reply #7 - May 17th, 2018 at 4:34pm
 
Jam wood is a Brilliant wood , very dense , should basically sink in water if it's jam wood , take a photo of the end grain. That will help figure it out.
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