African Blackwood Shawl Pin

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Project by JohnGreco posted 07-09-2011 01:53 AM 1224 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was asked to make a shawl pin out of a dark wood. I had just gotten some African Blackwood in and was eager to try it out, so on to the lathe it went.

It was really a pleasure to turn. The work went easily and the wood buffed extremely well. I put some tung oil on it and it really seemed to revive the natural oils in the wood to a high sheen. I’m looking forward to working with it some more :) Thanks for looking.

-- John

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#1 posted 07-09-2011 02:53 AM

That is a beautiful sheen on your shawl pin. I’ve been told blackwood is so hard it dulls the tools and builds up heat fast. Was that your experience? I’ve never turned blackwood.


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#2 posted 07-09-2011 03:53 AM

Thanks, Barb. I started with freshly sharpened tools and did notice some dulling, but nothing too bad. Definitely not as much dulling as true-stone. Heat didn’t seem to be too much of a problem for me either, but this was a relatively small piece, only 5” long and about 1/4” thick at the thinnest tip. Sharp spindle gouge really made short work of removing the material.

-- John

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#3 posted 07-09-2011 02:52 PM

Nice. Looks delicate, the finish is super.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 07-09-2011 03:23 PM

Sharpening skills always make the difference, don’t they?


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#5 posted 07-09-2011 05:53 PM

Love the look, have not had the pleasure of turning any of this wood, but will have to. Looks royal like….


-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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