The lady at the lumber dealer said this was ostrichwood. Is she pulling my leg? Ostrich wood plank

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    I'm afraid that species has gone the way of the Dodo. I wouldn't want to egg you on, but I can't help EMUlating your approach.
    – user5572
    Mar 27, 2020 at 4:58
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    I'd like to oPINE on this topic, but the conversation wood splinter off. Mar 27, 2020 at 16:34
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    This conversation has lumbered off in the wrong direction. It's a knotty problem, that's for sure.
    – user5572
    Mar 27, 2020 at 17:50
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    Given the size of the 2x4 and the nature of the question, should Greg be ostrich-sized?
    – ewm
    Mar 30, 2020 at 21:12
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    Nah, he's a good egg, even if he comes across a bit cheep. We birds of a feather need to stick together.
    – user5572
    Apr 1, 2020 at 20:20

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Wood ID questions are off-topic, but in this case we seem to have made an exception. I think it is clear from your very good picture that this is not ostrichwood.

You don't say where you are in the world, but given the grain structure this looks like emuwood.

Provide a picture of the end-grain so we can be sure, or just take a look at a quarter-sawn end: ostrichwood has two "toes" running down the grain, whereas emuwood has three.

  • Wouldn't emuwood be facing the other way?
    – gnicko
    Jun 29, 2020 at 13:07
  • Oh, I might have really laid an egg that time. Oh well. We'll see if the nest of the community downvotes this answer because I'm such a bird-brain.
    – user5572
    Jun 30, 2020 at 14:08

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