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 * ;)
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!!
As a dive into the amazing world of Fine Woodworking under the expert tutelage of Kate Swann & Franklin Street Fine Woodwork, I find myself so eager to fulfill my dreams of becoming a Furniture Designer/Fine Furniture Maker, that I’m pushing myself to be perfect right out the gate… I have to be continually reminded that it’s not a race, it’s not a contest, then I allow myself to slow down and enjoy the process… at that moment that I can see that the turning of a raw piece of lumber into a square slab of wooden perfection is incredibly rewarding. I have always been a wood lover & now through this amazing process of taking lumber through the jointer, planer, chop saw, and table saw, it seems that wood now loves me back! The grain patterns that emerge through this process conceptually mesh with the furniture design in my head, planets align, and my soul is lit on fire… time stands still and speeds up at the same time as I realize that I could (someday, with a ton of practice), actually be good at this thing that I’ve wanted to do all my life! Now if I could just turn this passion into a career, that would be bliss! :)))
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius