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  1. The black is Ebony and the red is wood that looks red uniformly red all the way thru. I got it at Rocklers and it is primarily used for pens. I don't know how they got the color all the way thru. The yellow one is Yellow Hart and colored ply. I had several glue ups ready to turn and these are the first of 6. All are Christmas gifts.
  2. Ron Altier


    I had a small piece of Ebony with some yellow stripes in and other left overs. I combined them for this one. I was disappointed when I turned the Ebony, most of the yellow was gone. The gold you see in the groove is gold glitter gel. I let it dry overnight and all the gel dries to leave the glitter.
  3. Another retirement gift for one of our Land Surveyors. Boy they are retiring quickly, much of the old guard had been leaving us, and more to come. The letters are routed with a template I made, then I simply paint the entire surface with several coats with rattle can, then let dry, and plane to expose the nice crisp lettering. This post is Cherry, with Ebony tapered plugs as the period punctuation. Just came off the planer, now final sanding and final touches. The base is clamped and glued too. So the question begs, who's making my retirement post!
  4. lew

    Hidden In My Heart.jpg

    From the album: Manzanita

    manzanita root turned completely with Easy Wood Tools, ebony finial and gloss ploy.
  5. lew

    Hidden In My Heart 1.jpg

    From the album: Manzanita

    manzanita root turned completely with Easy Wood Tools, ebony finial and gloss ploy.
  6. The pink colored wood is a fabricated plywood material that comes in many colors. I can be unpredictable as far as color saturation and texture. Some of them bleed color dust badly when I sand them. It can also be a disappointment when you get to where want to be and discover a small area that is open or has stacked layers. The black is Ebony and it too can have flaws. This one did. When I turned it down to about three eighths of an inch, the texture changed slightly and it broke off...........twice. So what you see is what I got. It is far from how I wanted it, it is how I had to take it. My boss likes it a lot............thats all that matters.
  7. I have a couple of pieces of that beautiful black Ebony. I decided to turn some down for parts of an ornament. Throughout the turning, I kept thinking I was turning acrylic. This led to a serious problem when I got to the smaller diameter pieces. After all, it is wood and does have flaws. If there is a weak place, you won't know it till you find it the hard way. I've had to improvise several times and still not sure if it will make it thru the process. I'll post a picture if it does. If I had any hair, I would have pulled it out by now
  8. We lost our 12 year old Maltese a little while back.... and was quite disappointed in the little box the crematorium returned his cremains...... I had a nice piece of Walnut with a slice of a branch in it that, when bookmatched created the "V" for "Vinnie" on the lid.... Curly Maple, Walnut & Ebony..... Laser etching of a photo of Vinnie...
  9. Made this from some "leftovers".... Quilted maple, Morado and a bit of Ebony.
  10. I think I have a handle on Ebony and how best to proceed, so I learned from my first turning and applied what I knew. All went well with the Ebony and then I selected a much better piece of Yellow Hart than the piece I used with my first turning. As I was finishing up and pleased with my work, there was a noise outside that startled me and I made a move that BROKE the yellow heart in two pieces!!! I walked away for about an hour, had a coffee and came back. Not wanting to make a new piece or destroying what I had.............I got an idea and I worked at it until I have what you see. Finding centers and drilling holes in those tiny pieces was one big challenge.
  11. Today I turned some black Ebony for the first time. A very dense, heavy and hard wood. First thing I notice is that the chips don't go a flying, like normal. A black discharge of tiny particles, more like dust. I used my carbide tools mostly, but did also use my HSS small gouge and parting tool. I did notice that these tools got dull quicker than normal. Does this wood take glue well? Should it be prepped first with an alcohol cleaning?
  12. A few years back, I received a huge chunk of Gaboon Ebony. It originally weighed in around 60 pounds. Over the years I've cut small sections off for trim, pen blanks, etc (at the most, 3/4 inch thickness per cut). For my current project, I ripped two 6 in wide boards, using the band saw with a 3/4" blade. About a 1/2 inch into the cut, sparks began to fly. As the cut progressed I began to wonder if I was grinding metal versus cutting wood. Upon inspection, there is no metal in the wood, that can be seen. A friend suggested that its the density of the ebony that causes the sparks. Before I ripped the 2nd boards I took time to clean up all the sawdust, just in case. The second rip did the same thing only the sparks were immediate. Is this normal? There's no burn marks in the wood and no sign of any metal. The sparks lasted throughout both cuts, so it wasn't like hitting a nail or other object. I cant replicate it with any other type of wood. I later ripped oak, walnut, and poplar with no sparks. .
  13. Hi Everyone This is a Custom Beer Tap Handle of the Hamilton Crest I just completed. Overall dimensions are 8 1/2" tall x 3.75" wide The Intarsia consists of 60 pieces from 9 different woods. The biggest challenge on this project (besides working with lots of little pieces) was bending the 2 ebony bands. I cut the ebony into 3/16" x 1/16" strips then using a woodburning iron heated the strips on the shaft of the iron and formed the circular shapes until they fit. Great trick if you need to make curved shapes. The dime shows the scale of the pieces. Challenging little project
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