African Blackwood "candle"

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Project by richgreer posted 02-08-2010 05:58 PM 2615 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a clear case of letting the beauty of the wood shine through. There is nothing complicated of challenging about the work I did on the lathe. I just want people to be able to see the beauty of his wood.

I started with a piece of a branch of an african blackwood tree. There was bark all the way around. I turned it a little off center because I wanted to highlight the contrast between the sap wood and the heart wood.

I finished it with 3 coats of Danish Oil and then I buffed it with tripoli, white diamond and carnauba wax.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 06:05 PM

Looks very cool Rich great wood

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 07:15 PM


-- Kate,

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 07:23 PM

yea this is beautiful….how fun to work with something that was raw all the way …its like unwrapping a candy bar..ya get past the paper and there it is…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 08:57 PM

butiful candle holder. Where did you get the wood.

-- wchips

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#5 posted 02-08-2010 09:36 PM

I got this wood quite a while ago on e-bay. I spent a long time trying to decide what to do with the wood. I think I made the right choice.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 06:36 AM

Great job. You are right. Let the wood show it’s beauty. Fantastic turning and finnish.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 02:02 PM

I really enjoy seeing your beautiful wood turning. Can’t wait to get more time to use my lathe..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 11:26 PM

very nice. love seeing the sap and heart wood in a piece, i think pieces like that have the most character.

-- -Jaymes-

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