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Project by richgreer posted 02-08-2012 07:49 PM 2534 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is nothing particularly significant about my craftsmanship on this bowl. It is a plain, simple bowl.

Why I am sharing this is the wood. Blue Mahoe is a wood that some may not be familiar with. This wood came from Puerto Rico. It is an endangered species. I buy it from an organization that is dedicated to preserving the rainforest and saving Blue Mahoe and other endangered species. In the course of their work they sometimes need to harvest some wood. Of course, they only do so in a responsible manner. They only have wood available on occasion. I bought this some time ago.

As you can see, this wood has some wonderful grain and a unique color. It is a delight to turn.

Some may say that it looks more brown than blue. The bluish tint is not as noticeable in the pictures as it is in person.

If interested – here is where I buy the wood (when they have it for sale) – - http://www.eyeontherainforest.org/bluemahoe.php

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.





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#1 posted 02-08-2012 07:53 PM

Wow that’s beautiful Rich that is amazing wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 08:15 PM

simple is good. Shows off ‘ol mom nature. this is real pretty.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 08:35 PM

what a beautiful wood, i hope they are being successful with there protection efforts, great job rich…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 10:04 PM

Beautiful Rich. Extraordinary grain and coloring.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 10:05 PM

Beautiful Rich. Extraordinary grain and coloring.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mike

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 10:27 PM

Nice wood man, have you ever turned rainbow poplar. I just sold a large fat bottom poplar bowl that was similar colored. Afew weeks ago I told my wife”there is no blue wood!”, and then I go to my neighborhood fire wood chopper and notice he has little blue chunks of firewood. I was like don’t chop that! But anyway try to find some, its amazing.

-- One does things through mania, through obsession, through an automatic need that escapes understanding.

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richgreer

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 11:38 PM

Mike – I have a couple of bookended rainbow poplar boards – but I do not have a turning blank.

When I found the boards I bought them thinking I’ll find a good use for them someday. That was several years ago and I still have them. I do that a lot. Nonetheless, they are pretty.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 02-09-2012 12:07 AM

Nice job Rich, love that timber.
QWe have a species of Mahoe which is a native here in NZ, looks a different colouring to your species, may be of interest to some of the guys : ))
Pete
http://www.bushmansfriend.co.nz/melicytus-ramiflorus-mahoe-xidc19906.html

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

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#9 posted 02-09-2012 12:11 AM

It is also called mineral stained poplar mother nature makes som realy nice colors.I get a lot of it in pallets. Alot of it comes in all shades of green and purpul.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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#10 posted 02-09-2012 12:29 AM

Only nature can create a beautiful piece of wood like that, and you did an awesome job of finishing what nature started. Your right the wood makes the bowl stand out, but I still think you did a great job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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richgreer

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#11 posted 02-09-2012 02:44 AM

peteg – Your mahoe reminds me of mahogany. I think one of the great things about LJs is our ability to compare notes with people from all over the world.

Thanks to all for your kind words.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 02-09-2012 03:01 AM

Rich, I guess that’s why we all keep coming back. to just keep up with what’s happening out in the big wide world
kind thoughts
Pete

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

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#13 posted 02-09-2012 05:23 PM

Pretty wood, pretty bowl, interesting story….......thanks.

In La Conner now, moving slow. I have to build a small shop here. I am thinking about a Festool dominated small footprint shop with a miter saw, plunge saw, sander and router all Festool, with the Festool dust extractor. The dust control is extremely important due to the forced air furnace present in the garage, which would be the small shop area.

Just thinking…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 02-09-2012 05:33 PM

Beautiful Bowl !!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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richgreer

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#15 posted 02-09-2012 08:38 PM

Jim – From personal experience I speak highly of the Festool plunge saw, sander, router and dust extraction. I have no experience with the miter saw and doubt that I will ever buy one. A miter saw in my shop does not get a lot of use. However, if I did not have a table saw, I could see a lot more use for a miter saw and the need for a high precision miter saw (like the Festool).

In theory – there is some overlap in the applications for a table saw, miter saw and plunge saw. If the table saw is deleted from that combination, the biggest loss for me would be the capacity to use dado stacks.

I wish you well

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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