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Black hearted Sassafras (Tasmanian wood) was used for these items. It is easy to turn & sand.
The bowl was green when turned and ended up oval as it dried.
The lidded boxes are not my design.
The finish is Shellawax, easy to apply. A cutting compound is applied on after sanding & the wax is burnished on, an easy fast process.
A Roley Munroe bowel chisel (Tasmanian manufacturer) was used to cut out the internals.
This timber has become very popular in Australia. Years ago it was considered inferior due to the extreme colors in the grain.
Grumpy

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python





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Karson

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#1 posted 11-11-2007 06:19 AM

Nice work. Does the sassafras smell like root beer like the stuff that I have. Our sassafras is similar to Ash in grain structure.

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-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 11-11-2007 06:19 AM

I really like these!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#3 posted 11-11-2007 07:52 AM

Beautiful.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 11-11-2007 09:41 AM

Nice pieces – all from the same tree? Looks that way!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 11-12-2007 03:03 PM

Very nice turnings. Sassafrass heh? Ever made tea with the roots? Don’t, I hear its poison. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 03:07 AM

These a very nice! That wood is beautiful. I can see why it has gotten popular. You are fortunate to have so many nice woods to work with there in Australia.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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miles125

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#7 posted 11-13-2007 03:14 AM

Those colors are just great. Nicely done.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 11-13-2007 03:23 AM

Thanks fellas. Yes Tom, there are some nice timbers down under

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 06-30-2008 05:06 AM

Really nice set of turnings you have here Grumpy , What kind of finishs do you use?

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#10 posted 07-01-2008 12:47 AM

Beautiful turnings, Grumpy!!

The sassafras here in the states can cause an allergic reaction in some folks. Any problem with your type?

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 07-02-2008 10:14 AM

Not as far as I know Lew but all wood is potentially toxic.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Grumpy

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#12 posted 07-02-2008 10:18 AM

RJ, I used shellawax on some work, tung oil on others. will try the wipe on poly soon to see what sort of result it gives.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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