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Forum topic by NikBrown posted 01-13-2010 06:25 PM 1046 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2010 06:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: inlay stone purpleheart purple turquoise

My wife is about to graduate surgery residency (end of may, so I have a little time) and I want to make her a gift. I seem to be on a box kick so I’m betting that’s what she’ll end up with. Maybe a case for her loupes.

Anyway… she loves the color Lavender (but hates pink, go figure) and I have this whim to try my hand at some crushed stone inlay. I ordered some beads to crush:
Purple beads

Purple-heart being the obvious choice to combine with this, but I’d like some more contrast than that and something with some actual figure or interesting grain pattern would be nice.

So what crazy exotic wood do you think would go well with these?

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 07:01 PM

Maple would look good, maybe with some walnut as well.

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 09:05 PM

Yea I was thinking walnut as well… I have a stack of that and I enjoy working with it… was just sure someone out there would have some crazy exotic :)

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 10:13 PM

Why not go exotic. See if you can find some Spalted Tamarind or a Macassar Ebony. Just a thought.

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 10:25 PM

bloodwood would really make it stand

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#5 posted 01-24-2010 05:54 PM

I think I’ve settled on Wenge (if I can find a dark board) or African Blackwood (If I can find a good 3-4BF short somewhere) that should be a nice contrast with the beads.

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#6 posted 01-24-2010 07:10 PM

+1 for walnut – I think it would look terrific!


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