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Old 04-08-2019, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is your favorite wood to turn and why?

Was experimenting with a one piece trimline and did this one out of Sassafras. While turning this question popped into my head. What is your favorite wood to turn and why?

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My two would be Sassafras as it has that root beer type aroma, and Zebrawood because it smells kind of like chocolate. Both smell based for me.
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mesquite, since it is a local wood for me, a lot of my customers ask for it. Beautiful grain and figure, very hard, great for projects from pens to large vases and bowls!
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It's hard to pick just one, but I guess I'd have to say Desert Ironwood. Fabulous grain patterns!
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Dyed Buckeye Burl stabilized .
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So far, Cocobola and Olivewood. Both are pretty easy to come by and both have incredible figure and are easy to turn. I like Koa, but it is not easy for me to get locally.

Of course, now that I see Swagopenturner's post about Mesquite, I may have to reach out to inquire about trying some of that, too. So many choices!
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Desert Ironwood - color, grain pattern, no need for a finish
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Desert Ironwood - color, grain pattern, no need for a finish
Mal surely you forgot to add the wonderful smell

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Old 04-08-2019, 12:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wow, can't believe the others who like desert ironwood also!

Desert Ironwood, followed by ebony (persimmon), then olive wood for the smell.

For color: Bloodwood and Holly.

Can't just name one!
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Padauk - Yea, very familiar with the open grain, but I still like it. Then: Olivewood, Figured Myrtle, Camphor, Ironwood and Mesquite. And most anything Aussie!
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