Coral Tree Pencil Holder

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Project by Transition posted 05-13-2013 07:11 PM 1340 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this from spalted Coral Tree wood. Also known as the “Flame Tree”, it is the offical city tree of Los Angeles. Mostly ornamental, its showy, red flowers bloom before the leaves appear. When I first turned this, the wood was very wet, fibrous, and monotonously white, and it smelled like pumpkin. But I set it out to dry and it took on some nice color from the elements. Finish is General’s Woodturners Finish.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 07:19 PM


That wood looks like it’s Marble!

Very COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 07:46 PM

Very Nice, let me know if you have extra, lol

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 07:51 PM

That is one beautiful pencil holder. The wood itself is really nice. Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 05-13-2013 08:23 PM

hi very nice shape and wood great piece of turning


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#5 posted 05-13-2013 10:40 PM

wow andrew, it really does look like marble, the inside looks so smooth that i might not think it to be wood, really nice piece you turned here, i know im sure happy to have one of your pieces…its held some mighty fine meals inside…

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 12:17 AM

This is a really nice project. I agree with Grizz – it looks like marble. You did a wonderful job on it!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 02:50 AM

hard to believe that is wood and not marble. nice work

-- wiser1934, new york

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#8 posted 05-14-2013 04:32 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 05-14-2013 07:21 AM

Nicely made awesome

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#10 posted 05-14-2013 07:21 AM

A great piece of timber Andrew treated with great respect, well done

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

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#11 posted 05-14-2013 07:22 PM

Thanks all! It’s not marble. I like high gloss pieces so I gave this 6 or more coats of General’s.

This wood was a real surprise. When I first turned a green piece it was such a horrible experience that I threw most of it out. I only saved one big piece as I was determined to make something for the woman who made me aware of the downed tree. Now I’m going to have to find more!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#12 posted 05-14-2013 10:57 PM

Very beautiful, nice work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#13 posted 05-15-2013 12:23 AM

Super nice. Looks like a Texas sized shot glass. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 05-15-2013 12:01 PM

Nice work on holder. Lots of character.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 05-15-2013 12:15 PM

That’s a beautiful piece of wood and you did a wonderful job on turning this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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