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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 1706 days ago 994 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday my daughter and I spent the day wandering (and shopping hehe) in New York City. The best part about the city is that there is so much beautiful craftsmanship every where you look. Some are concrete, some copper, brass, iron, marble and the likes. The one thing, in all my trips to the city is I have never seen or noticed wood craft, until yesterday.

Over the front windows of the Philippine Consulate Building on 5th Ave there are two large carved wooden insets.

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I was trying to find more info about them with no success. Does anyone know if these are truly wood? I could have been fooled, but they looked like wood to me. What type of wood they are made from? I was just curious, they are beautiful finds in a city so full of concrete and metal.

If you ever get the chance to go to NYC, this is a spectacular place to raise your head above the street line and amaze in the structure and history of such a congested area.

This picture is not wood but is one of my favorite NYC spots to stop and take in. It is the front of the NYC Public Library. It is amazing. The lion is one of two that guard the entry stairs to the building.

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Thanks for looking,

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com



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#1 posted 1706 days ago

maybe dan will know ,
they could be cast and patinad to look like wood ?
but with some of the exotics they have ,
it could maybe stand the test of time ?

so what tools did you buy ,
or was it more shoes ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 1706 days ago

That’s what I was thinking, which is why I thought I could have been fooled.
I’m pretty sure the building was purchased in 1973 for over $2 mil, plus additional $1.5 mil to buy out the existing lease. The front and interior of the building was remodeled so these plaques would be about 36 years old.

No shoes. No tools :(
I did, however, find a book – sculpted band saw boxes by Lois Keener Ventura that I wanted. So, technically I did make a woodworking purchase. LOL

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#3 posted 1706 days ago

They do have some amazing wood in the Philippines. One of our members is from them. Maybe he knows, he’s the one that posts all the rosewood pieces. His on line name is “rosewood”. I don’t know how to get this blog to him, if someone knows how, please do it.

Jack

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 1706 days ago

rosewood is from java ,
indonesia .

deni , please answere the nice lady .

o.k. , hes been notified .

i’ll send him a pm ,
he and i are in touch when we are not sleeping .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 1706 days ago

i googled this ,
and managad to get a closeup from other side
of this carving ,
and there is a seam in the one on the right ,now both (this added later)
leading me to believe that lisa is correct ,
it looks like monster timbers that were edge glued
and carved deeply ,
and that that one seam is cracking open .lets see if i can get it here .

sorry i cant bring it in .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 1706 days ago

I tried to take a picture of this myself yesterday and don’t you know that is when my battery died. Always the way. The posted picture was a google image search. My main interest was that if this is wood what kind it is because it certainly has weathered well !!

Thanks Jack, I found him and sent a PM.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#7 posted 1706 days ago

there is a long address ,
http://upload.wikepedia.org/wikepedia/en/b/be/PhilipineCenterNYC.JPG

i can go to my upload ,
but dont know if this is working outside of my computer
its a photo looking from the other side ,
that i could zoom and see the seam in .
good luck ,
thanks for giving me something to do today !
THIS ADDRESS JUST BLUELINED FOR ME < BUT IT JUST GOES TO WIKEPEDIA ADS . SORRY , I”M LOST

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 1706 days ago

I saw the picture on wikepedia that you are talking about, but I didn’t try to zoom it.

Glad it gave you something to do today. I spend a lot of time looking up information that is probably useless, but I like to know.

David, thanks for trying.

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#9 posted 1706 days ago

your welcome ,
i can be very trying sometimes .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 1702 days ago

Hi Dustbunny,

Sorry for may late reply, been busy lately.
if i see the colour and they put it oudside, it could be Johar wood or senna siamea, its weather resistant wood, but i could be wrong,

Cheers,

Rosewood,

-- http://picasaweb.google.com/deniirawan66

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