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Forum topic by bobasaurus posted 02-10-2015 12:38 AM 1154 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2015 12:38 AM

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Today I received an amazing gift… a slice off of a curly pink ivory log. It came from a coworker who spent most of his career working in Barrow, Alaska. He turned wooden bowls and had nothing much to spend money on up there, so he ordered some rather expensive turning blanks. Here is a crappy phone picture of this beautiful wood:

Better-quality picture:

And another picture:

Not sure what I’m going to do with this yet. It’s very dense (apparently it will sink in water), and would polish up nicely. Maybe some knife scales, small inlays, and the like. Or maybe resaw and use it for a small bookmatched box top (might be too thin for this, though).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 02-10-2015 12:45 AM

Beautiful, would make a lovely set of handles for a favourite set of chisels, or maybe a set of cheese knives with a matching cheeseboard.

-- My Woodwork Is Like My Wife's Back! - Always Full Of Knots But By The Time I'm Finished It's Smooth As Silk!!!

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 12:48 AM

I wish it was thick enough for tool handles, that would be amazing. Unfortunately it’s only about 4.25×17.5×3/8”, and somewhat bowed along its length. Still amazing for smaller pieces, though.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 01:26 AM

Bob- I’d find a way to use it as one piece. That is a killer looking piece of wood.

Reminds me of the time i found a piece of figured purpleheart.

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#4 posted 02-10-2015 10:51 AM

I’m with Kevin…. the less that wood is cut up, the more beautiful and valuable it is. So much of the beautiful wood on Ebay is bought for resale and cut into knife scales. When I go looking for wood (and I don’t even need large pieces) it seems like 75% of the wood is already cut to scales.

Very special piece of wood here. If you get to having a hard time figuring on what to do with it… I know a feller down in Florida that might be willing to help you out. <grin>

It could make a pretty special box panel surrounded with some pretty contrasting wood. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Congrats! (and I say that full of envy) ~ Terry

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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