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1352 days ago


When I need a very bright wood for my bowls and trays, I usually go for Hard Maple. I would however like to have a (hard wood) that was even brighter. Any suggestions ?

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#1 posted 1352 days ago

Holly – if you can find pieces big enough, or do glue-ups.

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#2 posted 1352 days ago

Go with Holly as hobo says. Use it on my projects quite often. I have 6/4 creamy white boards 8” wide by 6-7 feet long. It’s more common on the East coast of US, and it isn’t cheap (much tends to be knotty), but I’m sure you can find it.

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#3 posted 1352 days ago carries it.

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#4 posted 1352 days ago

Aspen is also very white and is much cheaper than holly. It supposedly turns well but it is quite soft though technically it is a hardwood.

here’s some info on it

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#5 posted 1351 days ago

I would go with ash, if the grain doesn’t bother you. You can find really white ash, if you stay away from the heartwood which tends to have a tan to gray tint. Holly is pretty soft too.

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#6 posted 1351 days ago

Beech is another option.

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#7 posted 1351 days ago

FWIW – I’ve been told that to have Holly remain white it has to be cut when the sap is down, in the winter.

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#8 posted 1351 days ago

Yea my first thought was for holly as well….but hard to find a big enough piece for a sizable project.


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#9 posted 1351 days ago

Check here roer.

It’s where I get some of my wood and it’s a fairly informative site. The pics aren’t terrific but it may give you some ideas. I live near them but I believe they ship anywhere. And they’re very helpful and friendly.

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#10 posted 1351 days ago

You can ebonize maple to make it black so I wonder if there is a way to dye wood to make it white???

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#11 posted 1232 days ago

A friend gave me a split half of a 12” x 4’ holly log and I’m working on my third bowl from it. As a semi-novice turner I’m finding it a little difficult to work but very rewarding. It is hard, tough, stringy and prone to end grain tearout, but it finishes beautifully. The butcher block varnish I used on the first two bowls didn’t darken or yellow the wood at all. It is white with just a hint of grain pattern if you look closely. Nice stuff!

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#12 posted 1231 days ago

Hackberry is really white, hard, and in my experience turns nicely. Boxelder is also very white and has red streaks in it. If you are interested send me a PM or give me a call and I could send you a flat-rate box of hackberry, boxelder, white ash to try out. Phone number is in the contact section of my website listed below.

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#13 posted 1230 days ago

I use basswood to inlay into cedar and oak ,it is quite light in color , fine grain, and cheap.

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