Florida Rosewood Vase

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Project by Barbara Gill posted 02-18-2011 10:27 PM 3478 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is hard to believe that Rosewood is an invasive trash tree in Florida. At least that is what I have been told.

-- Barbara

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 10:55 PM

I sure hope it starts invading rhode island while i’m here and north carolina once i move there, thats some nice looking wood!!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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Barbara Gill

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 12:50 AM

Larry, I wish it would grow in Virginia too.

-- Barbara

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 01:57 AM


Your vase really shows off the beautiful grain!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 02:10 AM

I’d guess invasive means someone imported some seeds or some saplings and let them get out of control…and there are no local controls to prevent rapid spreading in the viscinity.

The vessel looks great.

May I ask what your general finishing method was (i.e. what stuff did you put on it?)

Any chance that I could get you to send me a chunk (log) of this “scrap” tree?

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 02:16 AM

I love rosewood and that is on scrumptious looking vase! Too bad rosewood doesn’t grow in California. Except at Rockler, it seems to sprout from a wood rack.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 02-19-2011 02:23 AM

Ya, and it takes an arm and a leg to harvest it from Vase IS a beauty though! Great job.

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 02:27 AM

Where did you get the wood from? I googled “florida rosewood invasive” and google came up with your post!

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Barbara Gill

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 02:39 AM

I traded some of my Virginia wood for some Florida wood a number of years ago. I wish I had more. It is Rosewood and since it is from Florida I identify it as such.
Your best bet would be to contact some of the Florida turners and see if they will sell you some or trade for something you have.
I finished the vase with several coats of Velvit Oil. Then I buffed the finish with the Beal System. I use Renaissance Wax as the final buffed out wax.

-- Barbara

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#9 posted 03-26-2011 05:00 AM

So I was in a small lumber/woodworking store in Tampa today, Craftsmen Supply. I saw several logs and various chunks labeled as “rosewood FL.” Turns out there is a local company that salvages the invasive trees and sells them. The logs were very cheap for raw logs of real rosewood if anyone is local and interested. They had quite a bit.

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