Monkey Pod on Wall Street

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Project by scottb posted 06-24-2009 03:59 AM 2711 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(that’s pod, not paw) No bad luck wishes here.

Platinum and Black Titanium dress up this twist pen, with a Hawaiian flavor.
Very easy to turn wood, with a little bit of tear out at the ends, and a little bit of open grain and voids that sanded smooth beautifully.

to completely steal from my last project with this wood

Monkey-pod (Pithecellobium saman), samán in Spanish, is a fast-growing tree that has been introduced to many tropical countries throughout the world from its native habitats in Central America and northern South America. Although generally planted as a shade tree and ornamental, it has been naturalized in many countries and is greatly valued in pastures as shade for cattle. Short-boled, with a spreading crown when open grown, it forms a long, relatively straight stem when closely spaced. Its wood is highly valued in some locations for carvings and furniture.The tree was reportedly introduced into Hawaii in 1847, when Peter A. Brinsmade, a businessman visiting Europe, returned to Hawaii, presumably via Panama, with two seeds, both of which germinated. One of the seedlings was planted in downtown Honolulu, the other at Koloa on the island of Kauai. These seedlings are possibly the progenitors of all the monkey-pod trees now in Hawaii.


Sanded to 2000 grit, finished with boiled linseed oil and friction polish (shellac and carnauba wax). The grain in this pen has light and dark figure that shimmers in the light – Chatoyance!

This is the 23rd project in my 30 projects in 30 days challenge

cross posted on Facebook: B C Woodworking
this? and other projects, for sale on Etsy: B C Woodworking

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 06-24-2009 04:01 AM

another winning pen

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#2 posted 06-24-2009 01:02 PM

I think this is now my favourite. SOOOO beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 06-24-2009 01:11 PM

That’s a cool looking pen. I really like the grain of that wood.

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#4 posted 06-24-2009 02:56 PM

I don’t think your Etsy link is working.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 06-25-2009 12:19 AM

Thanks Mark.

Fixed. (and checked all my other projects too. love the random factor applied to the copy/paste function.)

and just in case. –

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 06-27-2009 06:34 PM

Well done, and the photo is great. I love the grain and figure in that wood, so being easy to turn sounds like a bonus!

-- Mark, Florida,

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