I’ve done some smaller things in Jacaranda lately, but what does the larger stuff look like inside? I wanted to do some larger bowl work and other things, so I went to one my larger limbs and cut it into some pieces. They’re simple, but pretty inside, so I thought I’d share. It’s not very common a wood for most woodworkers, I think.
The piece is the large one front and center on top of the pile seen here (and blogged about here):
Here’s me sawing it up on my little knocked-together bucking stand. This wood is extremely wet – nearly dripping – and that made it bite into the saw. I had to slather some Anchorseal, which is a paraffin wax-based sealer onto the blade on both sides to help ease the strokes. It seemed to color the wet wood inside purple until it would be all rubbed off by the middle of the log. You can see it in the cross sections as they fall away. The video cuts out a bit short as my camera battery died.
The ends of the original log were a bit angled and jagged from the chainsaw, so I cut those off into smaller rounds to true-up the main log’s ends. I’m hoping to make some end-grain bowls out them, leaving the bark on. I’m curious to see how that works with the one that’s folded in on itself. These are already painted up with Anchorseal. I went over them with a second coat later on both sides:
You can see where I started the cut here – it’s the purplish side. The Anchorseal (wax) I rubbed on the blade to ease the cuts rubbed the grain inside, turning it purple, until it was all rubbed off by about 1/3rd of the way in.
I stood the logs on end on the band saw and manually fed them through, following by eye a straight-edge line I drew on top of each. I got one good blank, and one with an interesting folded-in section that might be pretty when turned. Anyone have a name for pulled in and grown-around sections of bark like this? I feel I’ve seen a name somewhere before. Subsumed bark? Subducted inclusions? This log has been resawn in half:
And here’s the inside of that log. Most of these were between 8” and 9” in diameter:
The middle seemed a little bit rotten, but not punky. I think that may translate to some interesting patterns in the eventual turning:
Note the fuzzies all over the top middle of this log. This is a very fuzzy wood. My band saw’s 4” dust port screen was clogged by the end of this with a tangle of what felt like silk fibers. The 2TPI teeth on my blade shaved long, strong strings that were very limp, like thread:
Some different lighting – note the shine in the bottom left corner. This wood has a silky sheen to it:
I’ve begun to entirely Anchorseal everything I cut. I’m quite fed up with things checking on me:
There’s some nice figure swirling about in this log half:
Again, note the sheen:
All kinds of stuff happening in and on the other half of that log:
And here they are, all sealed up and sitting on my wood storage/drying racks the same night:
These were cut up a week and a half ago. I’ve made some things out of these since, and I’ll have those up soon.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator