The nature of this wood is that any piece over about 1.5 inches thick usually has one side that is lighter then the others. This is because the part of the tree we call palm wood is just the outer harder layer. The inside is usually white and soft and fibrous. The thicker the piece, the closer it gets to the core, so the lighter it will be. Sometimes you can even get all black 3 x 3 x 12's, which must have come from a very large palm tree. So about 3 sides look something like the picture above. When you click the above photo, you'll see the lightest side. Every other side is darker then the lighter side and usually looks like the above photo.
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