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12-08-2010 09:58 AM


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 12-08-2010 11:21 AM

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

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 11:30 AM

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 12-08-2010 02:10 PM carries it.

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 02:26 PM

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 12-08-2010 03:21 PM

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 12-08-2010 04:31 PM

Beech is another option.

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 04:35 PM

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 12-08-2010 05:48 PM

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 12-08-2010 07:01 PM

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 12-08-2010 07:04 PM

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 04-07-2011 03:04 AM

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 04-07-2011 04:17 PM

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 04-09-2011 12:25 AM

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

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