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Spalted Tamarind - 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 12"

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Spalted Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) has a spectacular heartwood with background colors of ivory, yellow and black lines, which gives an unpredictable landscape effect. Grain is wavy and interlocked with a medium uniform texture. Because of its density and interlocked grain, tamarind’s...

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Spalted Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) has a spectacular heartwood with background colors of ivory, yellow and black lines, which gives an unpredictable landscape effect. Grain is wavy and interlocked with a medium uniform texture. Because of its density and interlocked grain, tamarind’s heartwood is notoriously difficult to work. However, the softer sapwood is somewhat friendlier. Although it has a moderate blunting effect on steel-edged tools, it succumbs easily to carbide. Common uses include small turnings and carvings, inlay, chopping blocks, furniture, flooring and boatwork. Due to the nature of the species, bug and worm holes may be present on some blanks and no two are alike. Much of the wood comes from logs that were found on the forest floor. We recommend taking precautions when working with spalted wood, such as using adequate dust-collection equipment and wearing a personal respirator or mask.
Features:

  • Spectacular heartwood with background colors of ivory, yellow and black lines create an unpredictable landscape effect
  • Heartwood takes a high natural polish
  • Turns, glues, and finishes well
  • Native to Southeast Asia
Specifications:
  • Thickness: 1-1/2"
  • Width: 1-1/2"
  • Length: 12"
What's Included:
  • (1) Spalted Tamarind - 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 12" - Wood Turning Stock
Notes:
  • Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
  • Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.
  • Cut from quality, kiln-dried stock. The grain runs with the longest dimension.
  • Thin Stock is sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
  • Carving and Turning Blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
  • Plywood sizes are nominal, the dimensions are +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
  • Larger blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
  • Smaller blocks are sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
  • Spindle stock, or stock that is 1-1/2" - 2" wide is sawn to +/-1/8" of the listed size.

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    Spalted Tamarind turning block

    Spalted wood makes beautiful projects. If it is not STABALIZED, it will have softer spots through out the piece. These soft spots can gouge on a lathe. I will saw this piece for pen blanks, drill it and, tie the matched pieces together and soak them in a sealer for about 2 weeks or more. This helps hold the wood in place, though it is not truely stabilized, it won't gouge as badly. It sands easily, finishes well and people Oou and Aww over the black lines in the wood. If you don't have time for soaking, buy stabilized wood. It costs a little more but it is much easire to work with.

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