I made yet another trip to my local lumberyard (30km, 19miles), and decided I needed some more variety in my wood selection at home. I really wanted to find some spalted maple (I have fallen in love with the look of the stuff), but they did not have any (only poor samples of spalted ash).
In the end, I picked up some Bloodwood and some beautiful bird’s eye maple. The bird’s eye is something I’ve been wanting to work with, having seen some really great examples in the LJ gallery. I also picked up the maple because I was looking for a nice light-coloured wood to contrast with the predominantly dark wood that I have in my collection,.
The bloodwood was an impulse purchase, though, and I’m interrested to see how it machines and finishes. Has anyone else had experience with it? My lumber is only skip-dressed, but it appears there is a bit of shimmer in it. Is this just a trick of the light, or is bloodwood known for its chatoyance?
And by the way, are there other Jocks out there who buy lumber just ‘cause it is inspiring, even though you don’t have any immediate plans for it??
-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/