Unique wood for bowl

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Project by LesB posted 02-01-2018 09:49 PM 378 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While these two bowls have nothing unique about their shape or design I posted them because they are made out of Laburnum or Golden Chain tree, sometimes called Golden Rain because of its cascading yellow flowers. It is not exactly a common wood but it turns better than almost any other wood I have used. It cuts so cleanly that very little sanding is needed. These bowls are about 5” X 3” and have a walnut oil and wax finish.

One note of caution it does contain a toxic chemical cytisine so use a dust mask. Symptoms are drowsiness and nausea and in extreme consumption cases neurological problems. Mostly the bark and seeds are the toxic part. Historically it has been used for inlays and some musical instruments like flutes and bagpipes.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 02-01-2018 10:37 PM

Great work..

Is that an Oregon wood?

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 02-02-2018 02:28 AM

What a beautiful wood. Very unique. Reminds me a bit of locust. Nice job,

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-02-2018 03:51 PM

These are nice bowls and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 02-02-2018 05:56 PM

Beautiful ! Golden Rain trees are common here in Albuquerque. Next time I see the city removing one I’m gonna grab some of it !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#5 posted 02-02-2018 06:17 PM

Great work..

Is that an Oregon wood?

- ralbuck

These trees grow in temperate climates similar to the British Isles where it is more common. They grow well in the Pacific Northwest, particularly western Oregon & Washington.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-02-2018 07:31 PM

Beautiful wood – I remember getting one of those trees as a seedling during an Arbor Day event years ago – the bare root twig did not survive. With wood like that I might have to see if I can get another. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 02-04-2018 02:20 AM

Nice job on the bowls Les. I turned and posted some Laburnum bowls and the heart wood was very dark. Maybe a different species. I liked it too and did wear my dust mask.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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