Pistacia cup

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Project by Yuval Eitan posted 06-25-2015 01:50 PM 667 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A cup made of Pistacia palestina

About two years ago I found a pile of pruned branches of this wood.
I knew nothing about it, how susceptible it is to checking, how it turns, or how the grain pattern will turn out.
This cup was spindle turned, slightly diagonally, so as to avoid concenricity.
The close grain wood is heavy, but not too hard, and beautiful to turn.
Fininshed with walnut oil, followed by wax paste (bees&carnauba, my own make).
Isn’t this wood lovely?

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#1 posted 06-25-2015 01:55 PM

It’s a beautiful piece out of beautiful wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 02:27 PM

It certainly is!

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 02:40 PM

That is a gorgeous cup, Yuval!!
Is that nut tree like our Pistachio?

Cheers, Jim

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#4 posted 06-26-2015 05:41 AM

Marvelous turned cup. By turning it slightly diagonally, you earned an added value with the grain appearance.

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#5 posted 06-26-2015 02:20 PM

Very nice, the wood sure looks a lot like Bocote

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Yuval Eitan

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#6 posted 06-28-2015 06:26 AM

Charles, PaulDoug, Eli, Jim, Rockbuster - Thanks for your comments!

Jim, the tree is a member of the same family, but its fruits are not edible. Another local (IL) member of this family is the Pistacia lentiscus, whitch has been utilized for thousends of years for its “mastic” ir mastix – the tree’s resin. Medicinal uses, as well as food thickening, toothpaste, chewing gum, etc.

Rockbuster, its the first I hear of Bocote, so I ran a search. The patern sure does remind it. I made some pen blanks, which look almost identical to some I just saw offered on “dndhardwoodsonline”. Hmmmm…

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