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Project by lizardhead posted 04-29-2011 04:12 AM 2616 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I saw this chunk of Black Palm at my local WoodCraft shop & thought I’d give it a go. I think I can promise that I will not try segmenting with Black Palm ever again, The dang thing shoot splinters off of it the size of toothpicks and they stabbed me like porcupine quills. But it did turn out fairly nice looking—what do you think

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#1 posted 04-29-2011 04:23 AM

Never worked with that wood..but it looks good from here.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#2 posted 04-29-2011 04:39 AM

Looks nice.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 04-29-2011 05:12 AM

Black palm looks gorgeous when done right, like your bowl. But I’m with you, that stuff is miserable while you’re turning it.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#4 posted 04-29-2011 05:13 AM

I did a pen one time with a Black Palm center band. Spindle turning wasn’t bad, but I’m not surprised about the needles with your grain direction. The results look good. What did you use to fill the pores with?

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#5 posted 04-29-2011 05:23 AM

Not aware of the stuff down in NZ, but the end result looks good

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 04-29-2011 06:07 AM

Wow, I saw you post titled “Black Palm” and I couldnt wait to read it! I knew it had to be full of gripes. That stuff is beautiful but terrible to work, I cant beleive that you got it to turn at all. You have had better luck than I have had, buy the way it doesnt accept screws well either. very well done indeed


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#7 posted 04-29-2011 06:17 AM

I did not fill pores, I sanded down to 4000 grit, then used a friction wax finish, Acouple of times the little rag I used to wax got stuck on a splinter then I had to go back and do more sanding, what a pain

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#8 posted 04-29-2011 10:06 AM

For me, it is so nice timber that I take the risk and turn pens of it. Other wise it maybe a good idea to sock the blank in diluted glue for few days befor turning.
Lizardhead, your black palm bowl is fantastic. I love it.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#9 posted 04-29-2011 11:17 AM

Good looking bowl I like the wood color.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 04-29-2011 12:38 PM

Good info and glad you were able to stick with it and make a nice bow. I saw a tempting piece in the cutoff box at the store I go to and another customer told me to be careful if I turned it. I passed on it, but thought I might come back to it. I’ve got enough issues with still learning how to turn- I don’t need the wood attacking me right now.

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#11 posted 04-29-2011 12:53 PM

Beautiful bowl. I wasn’t aware that palm “wood” could be used at all. Can it be used in flat work?

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#12 posted 04-29-2011 04:08 PM

Very nice indeed. I want to learn segmenting, and working on it.

-- Das, Northern Virginia

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#13 posted 04-29-2011 04:37 PM

Your bowl is really beautiful. The wood grain looks so nice.
I made a box out of black palm once and it’s as splintery as you say.
Next time I might putting sealer on it to keep on it from splintering.

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#14 posted 04-30-2011 01:03 AM

SaddleTramp: I suppose if you can use it in segmenting—you could use it in flat work, Actually I have considered using it as the primary wood in a clock I designed. Check out my segmented Banksia Pod bowl, it is about six projects back in “LizardHeads Projects, I sliced the Banksia Pod into wafers and glued them to a backer board—then made segments from that. It turned out quite unique.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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