|Project by GaryK||posted 03-28-2008 06:31 AM||3438 views||6 times favorited||29 comments|
This project is not so much to show off the project itself but the wood it’s made from.
That wood is snakewood from Surinam. I think that it’s the only place it can be found and usually sold
for about $20 per pound.
It’s an incredibly hard and closed pore wood with a striking snake like pattern.
I bought a handfull of scraps a long time ago and made this letter opener from a piece. There is no finish on it.
I just sanded it to about 600 grit and then buffed it with a buffing wheel. I did this about 9 years ago and
have used it daily for all that time and it still looks like it did the day I first made it.
It actually holds a good edge.
A fantastic example of a great wood.
For all that are interested in making one here is a template. Just print it out.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX