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Pretty wood, some warnings
Bloodwood/Satine 3" x 3" x 12"
I ordered this blank to make a peppermill as a gift. I've used bloodwood before, including bowl blanks from Woodcraft. This wood was very dissimilar. It is far lighter in color and larger in grain than other specimens I've encountered. The macro photo on the page for the blank is not a good representation; instead look at the Woodcraft page for the species. The blanks pictured there are very close to what I received.
What I received was *soaking* wet green. I was very disappointed because I've never gotten a blank from Woodcraft that was not at least mostly dry. I pay Woodcraft's higher prices for the convenience of good quality, ready-to-use wood at my doorstep in a few days. Because I needed to use the wood for a gift for a few days hence, I was forced to complete the turning, despite the danger of cracking. And yes, it cracked as it dried over the next two days. Enough to be a total loss, and I had to find wood elsewhere. I fault Woodcraft for not indicating the high moisture level on this product.
That said, what came off the lathe looked very nice and was a pleasure to turn. Not splintery, smooth polished cuts, tight interlocking grain. Very pretty. Just don't expect to turn with it for at least a year, probably two.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Beautiful but dense
Chapel Hill, NC
I made four oil candle holders with my piece of bloodwood. The color is amazing. Only con is that the wood is extremely dense and will dull your turning tool quite quickly. Just be prepared to sharpen.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Made beautiful pepper mills.
don and his wood lathe
I have never worked with this wood before. It came as green wood. I removed the wax, cut it in 3 sections for pepper mills, and dried it slowly. It is a heavy, beautiful wood that turned into very beautiful pepper mills. I want to find a larger piece and make a bowl.
Beautiful segmented cane
I use many of your woods to turn canes. My Jet mini-lathe requires that the pieces are turned as segments. Buying a 3"x3"x12" base stock is less expensive . . . I rip this block into 1-1/4" spindle stock (and use the thin left-over pieces for blanks for my daughter's jewery creations).
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