A co-worker recently returned from Mexico bearing a gift for me, a 20”x8” plank of 8 qtr Mexican Parota.
We were just going into a meeting when Jaye gives me this hunk of wood … of course she knows I am a woodworker and enjoy wood turning. She enthusiastically presented me with this gorgeous piece of beautifully grained wood, which I accepted as the beautiful gift it was.
Another person, Jean who was also attending the meeting, asked curiously “Is it a cutting board?” To which I responded, “Nope just a piece of wood”. I was oohing and awhing over my new prize, project ideas filling my thoughts. All the while Jean scratched her head, puzzled about why I was so excited about a hunk of wood. Shaking her head and looking bewildered Jean finally returned to preparing her papers for the meeting that was soon to begin.
In walks Grant, a fellow woodworker, who is immediately drawn to the Parota. Grant immediately begins fondling and affectionately running his hand over beautiful grain. Jean became even more perplexed at the sight of us drooling over “a hunk of wood”. Not finding an answer to our currious enthusiasm, she finally tossed her arms in the air and exclaimed “I give up, I don’t understand, I must be missing something!”.
Grant and I chuckled as I tucked the Parota away to carry on with business.
A couple projects made from the Parota are in my projects including a Parota Pen and Clock. More are yet to come.
-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca