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11-28-2010 10:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip chatoyancy

I have your attention… or not..

What exactly is Chatoyancy…


’This one vocabulary word sets the serious woodworker apart from his casual counterparts.

I love Chatoyancy and I am sure you do too even if you do not know just what it is…..’ Andy Chidwick

So this is what I mean…Some curly californian redwood.

Some woods (with some finishes) offer different looks when struck by light at different angles.

Chatoyancy is the way light strikes the various grains of timber and gives the effect of it being 3 dimensional.

I hope you find the opportunity to use this word in normal conversation and impress all your woodworking buddies… I know I have… it is a lot of fun…

And one more for kicks…

This on is Quilted Maple.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 10:49 PM

Keyboard’s getting wet from drooling…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 10:52 PM

The first photos look like old growth Redwood. Here are a few samples of the Redwood I have.



-- Eric, NorCal

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 11:00 PM

I want some of that chatoyancy wood…

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 11:29 PM

I’m awed.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 11:40 PM

“Chatoyance” – think “cat’s eye shimmer”. Whatever, it’s drop dead gorgeous! EricRFP, you wood likes like flames. Very nice, indeed.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 11:55 PM

Is there anything on that wood or is it just dry, unfinished wood?

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#7 posted 11-29-2010 12:00 AM

Yes there is something on the wood. It’s drool.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#8 posted 11-29-2010 12:04 AM

Thats some nice looking grain.

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 12:22 AM

Like, WOW!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#10 posted 11-29-2010 01:15 AM

Holy crap!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 11-29-2010 01:36 AM

I had no idea that redwood could look like that finished. In fact, I never saw any redwood finished, but that is just breath taking.

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#12 posted 11-29-2010 01:46 AM

As others have said, Holy crap, WOW Batman. That is some special wood.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#13 posted 11-29-2010 01:49 AM

I am fortunate to have some old growth quilted redwood and am still looking for a project to do it justice.

Great stuff!!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#14 posted 11-29-2010 02:08 AM

Wood porn!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#15 posted 11-29-2010 03:01 AM

All the pictures are eye popping! They show what beauty can be found hidden inside the bark of a tree!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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