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rfas

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Top to bottom: padauk, curly maple, lacewood. All kits are Gatsby from Penn State. All finished with Aussie oil. The curly maple is kind of wild - the grain is almost like a holograph as you move the pen around to different angles.

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I know the bottom one is lacewood, but from that photo's perspective, it resembles some black palm that I have had.

The padock is certainly a pretty dark red. Nice. Don't count on it staying that color for more than a year - it will turn more brownish over time.
 

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I thought the exact same thing. Of course, once I had "determined" what it was, I scrolled up to see that I was apparently wrong.
I haven't been searching for any specialty wood in a long while, but I don't remember seeing lacewood that dark before.
 

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The curly maple is kind of wild - the grain is almost like a holograph as you move the pen around to different angles.
That "holograph" effect is called "chatoyance".
Chatoyance: "is an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones, woods, and carbon fibre."

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They all look great to me and it's always refreshing seeing wood being turned instead of Acrylic. Well done great Pens Ray.
 

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They all look great to me and it's always refreshing seeing wood being turned instead of Acrylic. Well done great Pens Ray.
Thank you! I’m a newbie to pen turning, but so far I much prefer wood to acrylic, particularly exotic woods. They’re a lot less temperamental to turn and I like the classic look. I’ve made a few acrylics that came out nice as well ad will certainly make more, but I really enjoy nice woods with nice grain patterns.
 
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