As others have mentioned, LJ provides a lot of inspiration as we decide on new projects to undertake. I had wanted to work with padauk for a while and finally got around to purchasing a small board, but all I knew that I wanted to do with it was combine it with a white wood to bring out padauk’s color. Then I was inspired by the basic design of Ellen’s candle holders, so a big tip of the hat to her. I came up with two candle holders that I call mirror images. They really are not that, but you get the idea. The candle holders were constructed with padauk and maple except for the center strip in the one on the right, which is lyptus. I was aware that padauk tends to stain adjoining light colored wood so I tried to avoid that issue by scraping instead of sanding in those places where padauk was in contact with the maple or lyptus. This worked well with the maple but not so well with the lyptus, which seems to pick up a slight pink coloring no matter what. Perhaps lyptus has a larger pore structure than does maple. In the photos the maple appears to have a slight pinkish tinge, but this is an artifact of the photography. The holders are 15 inches long and are finished with lacquer and a coat of wax. Which one do you like the best?
-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas