|Project by Tom O'Brien||posted 12-30-2009 06:05 PM||1296 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
I’m not sure this photo really does justice to the Pink Ivory handle. This handle was not stained or dyed, but was sanded on the lathe up to 400 grit. I brought it home and applied about six coats of Minwax Gloss Wipe-On Poly to it. After about two coats, the handle started to take on a beautiful deep pink, creamy appearance. So I kept on wiping. The Cheese Plane parts are stainless steel, from Craft Supplies.
This has made such a hit with SWMBO that she has requested Pink Ivory handles for a carving set (long knife and meat fork) that is in the works. I’ll take her to Woodcraft soon to pick out the wood.
Part of the marketing hype for Pink Ivory, an African wood, is that its ownership was once restricted to kings, and violating that restriction was punishable by death. That probably explains the high price.
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