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Some rings I made. The left is from Black and White Ebony, the right is Spalted Tamarind.

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#1 posted 03-09-2009 04:33 PM

Very cool, and I absolutely love the spalted one. I’ve never heard of Tamarind.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 04:40 PM

I found it on ebay and thought it was pretty so I grabbed some. Here is what I have found about the wood so far.

Spalted Tamarind is a beautiful wood from Southeast Asia. Much of this wood comes from logs that were either found on the forest floor or were cut and then allowed to spalt in the very damp warm conditions of the jungle. The colors and various line patterns are tuly unique from one piece to another.

I sure would like a good source for it, so if anyone knows a reasonably priced source I am interested.

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 05:47 PM

That’s cool. Are these actually finger rings or like napkin holders or something? I wonder if they could be durable enough as finger rings. Could you show a pic of them in use?

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 05:50 PM

Yes they are finger rings. I have been wearing the ebony one for about three weeks now and it has held up well. I also made one for an 8 year old boy who has worn his daily for about the same amount of time. Other than the gloss finish rubbing off I haven’t had any breakage. The Tamarind ring has a different finish on it and I am testing that out now.

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#5 posted 03-09-2009 06:10 PM

wow, those are cool.

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#6 posted 03-24-2009 07:48 AM

nice rings were they turned?


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#7 posted 03-24-2009 03:47 PM

I make these on my scroll saw and finish them by hand.

I can now tell you that they won’t hold up to an 8 year old active boy for long but they lasted longer than I thought. The finish seems to be the trouble spot, I have tested two so far and both came off after a week or so. I am now testing a urethane finish, hopefully that will last.

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