Small Turned Goblet, Mystery Wood

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Hey Guys, I turned this small goblet the other day from a mystery wood. I got a random little spindle in my woodcraft order and they didn’t specify what it was, any help? From what i see it has burl grain so some sort of burl…..

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#1 posted 630 days ago

Gee.. that looks like purple heart. I may be mistaken.
Nice work.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#2 posted 630 days ago

+1 on the purple heart guess. Nice looking piece, for sure!

-- Gridlockd

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#3 posted 630 days ago

My guess on the wood is Redheart (Erythroxylum spp. (syn. Erythroxylon spp.) and Simira spp. (syn. Sickingia spp.). It comes from Mexico and South America.
If it turns brownish in a few months then it is purple heart but Redheart will keep most of it’s redness.
I accidentally mixed the two when making some endgrain cutting boards and after about two month you could easily tell the difference. The purple heart was brown.
You can get purple heart to hold it’s color longer if it is immediately sealed with polyurethane but even then it will eventually burn brownish.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 629 days ago

I’m almost certain it’s pink ivory – a very heavy wood that is virtually impossible to work in any other way than on a lathe (I tried planing some down for a knife handle – massive fail). I have a piece waiting to be turned in my garage :)

Nice little goblet you have there.

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