Lignum vitae would be very unlikely anyway because this wood is very grainy and LV is not. As to whether or not LV would have been likely used at that time and place, I have no clue.Darn Paul, that was very good and nifty ID. When I saw the surface grain of the close ups, I dashed to look at my samples of Lignum Vitae and it I saw a match, however your end grain on your site sealed the deal and matches what he has.
Being that the Biltmore Hotel in mid 1920’s, what is the likelihood they used ipe versus Lignum Vitae? I am just fascinated by it. Johnny where was this piece salvaged from- decking, interior trim, paneling, etc.?
Awesome! Thanks for the ID, Phinds!
Man! I love this forum! I get a lot of pieces and now I kinda want to stump you guys haha!
Unfortunately I got that piece with a pile of others from the Biltmore so knowing what it was used for is difficult. 16" spacing on nail holes tell me decking is likely
Thank you for the response. I am in the building trade and my initial impression was for decking due to the weathered patina/oxidation and it turns grayish silver when it is not properly finish with a UV protectant. They use Ipe decking for higher end custom houses on wrap around porches where in Charleston where it is so hard that it needs to be predrilled and use carbide saw blades to cut them due to their hardness and density- yes, I’ve seen some absurd figuring used on project walk throughs on multiple houses! The only reason I brought up paneling because the sample you shown with the groves appears that it was pre-bored for a clean honest fit and there is absent of threading from screws on the side walls or pressure point on the face grain surface. 16” spacing is standard anyway whether it is do decking, wall boarding or screwed in paneling (instead of tongue and groove or lap joint, etc.).
What are the dimensions of that board?