|Project by Transition||posted 05-07-2013 05:47 PM||596 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
The Bad News: I find that Palm is somewhat difficult to work, as it is very fibrous – like a dense pack of very tiny little straws that easily lift when worked. It has a high sugar and water content so it tends to get moldy. As it spins on the lathe, it throws sticky pulp which sticks underfoot. It is less than desirable as firewood. So when a Palm comes down, except for tikis makers, there appears to be limited demand for it.
The Good News: With time and patience it can produce a stunning pattern of red streaks with gold flecks. When dried in the microwave it has the pleasant smell of corn. It is very soft and turns very easily (thinking it is best turned when green as when tried it would probably crumble to dust if turned dry).
The tree from which I made this pen was removed by a local, Orange County (CA) tree service and I was more than happy to help them save disposal costs, not to mention room in the landfill.
Not sure exactly what type of Palm this is but the bark serves as the background in this pic.
-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com