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Mountain Mahogany Vessel

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Project by StevenAntonucci posted 1824 days ago 2124 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Small vessel in mountain mahogany. Probably the hardest wood I’ve ever turned. Black gesso interior, carved, burned and wire brushed accent band.

Comments welcome

(at some folks request, I took a close-up of the lower section. If you look at the grain, you’ll notice how tight the rings are. This tree was likely only 10” in diameter and 200+ years old! The guy who I traded with told me it was cut at 9000’ in Northern Nevada, but mountain mahogany is indigenous throughout the Western US. You can google it for pictures and lots of other botanical info…)

-- Steven





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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 1824 days ago

looks great … never heard of mountain mahogany … can you tell more about it ?

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#2 posted 1824 days ago

Grows in Nevada at altitude is what I was told. If that’s true, it’s likely some kind of conifer (best guess). It must grow very slowly, because this piece has probably 200 growth rings in iit, and it’s only 5” tall.

Cutting with sharp tools lieave a mirror like surface. you cannot turn it agressively- the wood is so hard that it simply doesn’t cut. Also very difficult to burn with a MAPP torch. I didn’t even cover the surrounding areas and they didn’t darken at all. There was some minor pitch bubbling that went away with 320 grit.

-- Steven

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mtnwild

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#3 posted 1824 days ago

Cool looking wood and an interesting project. I like the band. Is it balancing on a round bottom? Careful….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 1824 days ago

very cool vessel, i love the shape and the carvings, how big is the foot? nice piece, keep them comin.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#5 posted 1824 days ago

neat vessel I’m with Dan it’s a new wood to me too.

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mmh

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#6 posted 1824 days ago

Very nice! I’m intrigued about this wood. Can we see a closeup of the grain? I’d love to see the interior too if possible.

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#7 posted 1824 days ago

Very nice turning. Interesting wood. Got any more pics please?

Scrappy

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mmh

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#8 posted 1823 days ago

Very impressive species of wood! I really want to feel this with my hands, not just my eyes!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 1823 days ago

Nice looking bowl. The outer band is a nice touch.

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