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Blog entry by Jim posted 04-07-2009 05:36 AM 1195 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca



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mmh

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#1 posted 04-07-2009 07:59 AM

Neat story. Please show us the Parota “as is” before you cut it! I would love to have friends like that! I just found out my husband knows someone who travels to Mexico. Maybe I can get some Ziricote ?? I may need to coax someone here.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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woodworm

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#2 posted 04-07-2009 10:24 AM

Yes, I’m with mmh. Very keen to see the pics of Parota – maybe it will help me to understand why and what Jean didn’t understand.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Chris

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#3 posted 04-07-2009 01:58 PM

Before and after pics, particularly a single board converted into a ‘something’, are always interesting. I on the bandwagon – please post if you can.

-- Chris

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 04-07-2009 03:47 PM

We sometimes forget that the great reward from any art is it teaches us to see beauty. I’m grateful for the ability the see beauty in a pile of firewood.

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mmh

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#5 posted 04-07-2009 03:56 PM

I have log piles in my yard. 80 lb. – 800 lb. logs. Anyone want to come over and chip away?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Jim

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#6 posted 04-07-2009 05:44 PM

I’ve just added a link to the project images in the blog. It shows the raw wood as well as one project made with the Parota.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca

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woodworm

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#7 posted 04-08-2009 03:22 AM

Parota is very nice wood, indeed. Now I think I need a friend like your frend…LOL.

”Only the Jeweller knows the value of the jewel”

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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HallTree

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#8 posted 04-08-2009 04:17 AM

After you make the project, from the block of Parota, don’t forget to show it to ‘Jean’.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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