Check out what I found over at AdvantageLumber.com!!! Stunning Padauk!!! The orange variations in this wood species are gorgeous! :D
Here’s some quick info on Padauk in case you can’t wait to get your hands on it like me! Pterocarpus is an exotic hardwood with a Janka of 1970. It works extremely well with power or hand tools + glues & screws easily. Padauk can range in color from pale pink to deep red. I love the warm orange tones in between! It darkens to a reddish brown over time (UV inhibitors MAY prolong darkening) & has fairly straight grain. It is very durable, resistant to bugs, and is said to have a faint pleasant smell when being worked… just one more reason I can’t wait to pick some up! Oh, that reminds me!! Advantage Lumber is having a garage sale this Saturday June 20th from 8am to 4pm at it’s Buffalo, NY / Grover, NC / Sarasota, FL / Los Angeles, CA locations!! Yipppeeee!!! I’m bringin’ my checkbook! ;D
Just finished this live edge ash wood side table that I’m calling, “Splitting Giants”… looks like a hobbit commissioned it for the Shire, hehe! It definitely has whimsy to it, which I really enjoy incorporating into the furniture that I build. Who says Fine Furniture has to be serious?! I like the designs I create to be emotive, to come alive in a space! Hope this piece speaks to someone! It has been approved by Chairish curators & will be up for sale on Chairish.com within 2 business days! Link to piece —> here! ;D
RAWR! Tigerwood is this week’s Wood Lover Wednesday focus! My pals over at AdvantageLumber.com happened to have some gorgeous examples of figured Tigerwood on hand! Take a look!
Tigerwood (Goncalo Alves) is a russet, reddish, or orange brown with irregular stripes of dark brown to black & has a very textural look to it. It’s Janka hardness is at a solid 2,170 therefore being an extremely strong heartwood. It’s dingy grayish-brown sapwood is sharply demarcated and is 2 to 4 inches wide. Even though Tigerwood is very dense, it is workable, weathers well, is resistant to moisture, but can be a pain to glue. Tigerwood is a dream for woodturners since it turns & takes a finish beautifully! *going to pounce on a Tigerwood bowl now * ;)
Well, seeing as how my youngest son & I have the flu, I’m gonna go ahead and cheat on this episode of Wood Lover Wednesday & go with Driftwood, since I readily have a slab of driftwood in the form of a console table that I can snap a pic of… is it really cheating though?! Driftwood is gorgeous!!! :D
Technically, Driftwood is any wood that has been washed up onto the shore due to waves, tides, etc… some people might call it ugly, but I see beauty in it’s sand-sculpted surface. I’m fortunate enough to live 20 minutes from a beach where I find driftwood quite often & have been saving a stockpile for quite some time… bolo for an awesome driftwood piece from me soon! ;)
Would you showcase a driftwood piece in your home?
I have a real treat for you on this lovely Wood Lover Wednesday! Camatillo!!! The slabs I spied over at my local Advantage Lumber are extraordinary! I could just hang ’em on the wall as Art and call it a day!! Check ’em out! *drooling*
Learn all about it –> Camatillo Rosewood (Dalbergia Congestiflora) has an intensely deep purple heartwood that is very hard, oily, and takes a polish beautifully. The grain is rarely straight, figured at the back and sides. It comes from Central America where it is logged by hand and harvested out of the forest by mules in an environmentally friendly way. Also called Para Kingwood or Mexican Kingwood, Camatillo is a small tree, so the sapwood is usually at the center. This rare Rosewood species has stolen my heart & I can’t wait to use it for a future piece! :D
When I’m working on a project that has no end in sight (like the live edge walnut & maple bench that I’m currently tackling), it’s nice to do a quick build that brings me a moment of zen! I found that this week in my driftwood & hairpin leg console table! It’s so beautifully simple & makes a huge impact on our patio! Too bad every time I pass it, I want to go to the beach instead of work on my bench, lol!! ;)
As I was picking up some walnut from my local AdvantageLumber.com for a bench I’m building, I spied this incredible wall of Persimmon wood slabs! Isn’t it magnificient?! I don’t think you have to be a wood geek like me to see the beauty in this White Ebony. In a perfect world, I imagine Persimmon as an incredible piano veneer, it’s movement echoing that of the music played, but in reality it’s not very workable since it’s Janka is 2300, prone to bugs, and constantly flexing.
Persimmon has very wide, pale yellow sapwood with it’s very thin heartwood being brown/black in color. The heartwood is usually less than an inch wide with a straight grain & medium/coarse texture. Persimmon is great for wood turning, making for stunning golf club heads and small objects. I might just have to find me a lathe! ;D
For this thrilling addition of Wood-Lover Wednesday, we’re going to learn about the beautiful Bocote! Though this species is native to Mexico & Central/South America, I only had to trek as far as AdvantageLumber.com to spy it’s magnificence! Take a look!
As you can see, Bocote has a yellowish brown body with brown/blackish figuring on flatsawn areas as well as ‘eyes’ that, unlike knots, don’t present any machining issues. Bocote darkens with age and has a Janka hardness of 2,010. Sparse amounts of silica means that it machines pretty well & it’s not oily enough for gluing to be a problem. It’s zebra-like contrasts lend itself to being used to build Fine Furniture & turned objects. Keep in mind that Bocote is quite heavy & somewhat expensive, but it’s stunning grain is worth every penny if you ask me!
I’m envisioning bookmatched ‘faces’ as a table top, or heck, you could frame Bocote and call it a day! ;) What stunning masterpieces would you form with Bocote?
For this Wood Lover Wednesday, I traveled to my local lumber supplier to sneak a peek of some stunningly beautiful Cocobolo. Thanks to the awesome folks at AdvantageLumber.com, this humble wood lover was able to snap a pic of this gorgeous Cocobolo slab!!
Cocobolo is a very dense, tropical hardwood (Dalbergia retusa) & is extremely oily with a floral odor. It’s heartwood is an orange/reddish brown color with a figuring of irregular black stripes. Only the heartwood of this beautiful tree is used, tho as you can see in the above pic, the sapwood is a creamy yellow with a clear delineation in between. Cocobolo is known to cause allergic reactions because of it’s high oil content so a mask is advised while working + if gluing up, I recommend wiping surfaces to be glued with acetone to attain proper adhesion. This wood stands up to water very well, making it ideal for knife handles and gun grips. It can be polished to a lustrous, glossy finish & has a Janka hardness of 2260. Due to Cocobolo’s amazing resonant properties, it is a fine choice for acoustic guitars. Not much of this rare wood exists out of national parks & reserves, so it’s uniqueness is worth the hefty price tag.
Yolo! Splurge on some Cocobolo & share your wonders here! ;D
Welcome to my first ever Wood Lover Wenesday! Each Wednesday I’ll be featuring some wood species info & pics in order to learn my woods & swap photos with fellow wood lovers! Feel free to share a link to your favorite wood of the week pic!
Learnin’ –> Walnut has a dense (janka – 1010), tight-grained timber which makes it perfect for furniture, turned carvings, and lutherie + it’s burls are prized for making incredibly beautiful veneers. Walnut can range in color from creamy white in the sapwood to dark chocolate in the heartwood. Walnut is purplish-brown when air-dryed compared to a dull brown when kiln-dried, both of which are stunning in this wood-lover’s eyes!
Here’s a shot of the walnut top of the Fine Furniture table seen here that I recently built. I LOVE how you can easily see how the tree was sliced and even where branches were growing out from the trunk!!