|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 05-10-2012 05:40 PM||1773 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
“Pheasant Wood” – Hawaiian Pheasant Wood or Golden Shower Tree (Kolohala) This extremely rare ornamental tree is normally found in yards and landscapes. Its distinctive yellow flowers and foot long pods makes it an interestingly beautiful tree. The wood’s grain, when cut, looks like the golden brown tail feathers of a pheasant … and hence the name pheasant wood.
According to the various descriptions I found it makes very distinctive bowls – I bought a bowl blank but figured it would also make sense to pickup some random size stopper and pen blanks. Keeping in mind I do not yet have a bowl coring rig – this stuff is expensive and my desire to turn a mass quantity of it in the center of a bowl to dust is very LOW.
I’m not great with bowl turning just yet, still in the initial stages of learning that trade – and I’m gonna be sticking with cheap wood for now and just stockpiling the exotics.
SO – logically I NEEDED to see what this stuff would look like, so I turned a simple wine stopper … pretty cool. hard to see the distinctive grain patterns but it is there. I think that a plank or larger surface would allow better display of the pheasant patterns (obviously) ...
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com