Why 'Wood'?

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  1. boneyguy

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    This always causes me mild consternation. Why put the word 'wood' after the name of a wood? I see this fairly regularly in writing as well as in conversation.

    Eg. Pine wood, red oak wood, ash wood.

    Is this to avoid confusion with all the similarly named metals? :confused:

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    Because the word "morning" isn't descriptive enough?
     
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    I usually only see it when it’s A: a novice trying to sound like not a novice, or B: if it’s part of the name of the tree/common lumber name: redwood, rosewood, Blackwood, cottonwood etc.

    I suppose maybe I’ve heard people say “solid pine wood” in reference to a speaker cab... idk. People are crazy.
     
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    Adding 'wood' allows you to refer specifically to timber made from a particular wood:
    Pine=an evergreen coniferous tree
    Pinewood=the timber from pine trees

    Now whether that's necessary, especially in the presumed context on this discussion board, is debatable.
     
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    I never do that. I say "it's made of oak" or maple or whatever.

    I might say "apple wood" because apples are so strongly associated with the fruit rather than the lumber, but you'd have to be a real dolt to imagine a guitar made from apples.
     
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    I have a niece who would instantly text you with this--> why is it important that you are in Canada? What bearing does that have on your being confused? Could you be confused in other physical locations?

    she does that with such a consistency that she is making me see it all the time...

    maybe the 'wood' is to delineate from a veneer or laminate or composite. A lot of alder I see (a version of alder) is called chinese mystery wood when it is just alder... I think I know why people say that though.
     
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    ^^^^^Has your niece been to Canada and experienced the absolutely phenomenal way in which they express themselves?

    Living on the border and in a state that is often referred to as “southwestern Ontario” I can dig the OP’s question.

    I however, have always just heard those three referred to as pine, ash, and red Oak.

    But, then again, I don’t speak Canadian.…
     
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    ...so now I'm sitting here trying to imagine a guitar made from apples....

    What about the ply tree? I have yet to find one, but I know they must be out there, ply wood is everywhere...
     
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    Maybe because there are finishes and stains named after species of wood, so you could have pine wood finished with Golden Oak stain?
     
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    Well, in a few cases it matters.

    Such as basswood.

    If you called it "bass," several guys would think Jaco, Geddy, and Entwistle.

    A bunch of others would put on a ratty trucker hat and a shirt that looks like a NASCAR vee-hickle with all the logos on it and sit in a boat powered by a car battery.
     
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    It gives the statement a proper identity. ash is also a color but say ash wood it is defined.
     
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    I seldom see it unless it is a part of the normal name.
    Like "Hardwood"
    or if more info is needed: "modern teak deck furniture" May mean a faux teak colored plastic . Where a "Teak wood deck furniture" doesn't.
     
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    Thank you for giving me a laugh-out-loud experience, I hadn't had one yet today :lol:
     
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    And, yet, there it is. You just know that a guitar made from apple wood would get reviews with descriptives like “saucy” or “juicy.” “I couldn’t wait to get the chord inside her” (say it out loud).
     
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    I didn't know this was a thing. Are there examples where this happens?
     
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    Peegoo got there before I did. Again.
     
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    I made a guitar out of apples once. It was okay for the first couple of days, but when I opened the case a week later, it was a wrinkled ukulele.
     
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    Because, sometimes, it's important to have wood:

     
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    Ronnie Wood
     
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    Lucite, not wood...

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