I have recently worked with and written about Chechen so I won’t repeat that information here.

I concur with my original assessment of Chechen in that I found it quite pleasant to work with.  It cut cleanly and sanded out easily with little required effort.  It took the final finish quite nicely indeed.


The smaller piece measures 4.5″ x 2″ while the larger bowl measures 5.5″ x 3″.

The only thing that I would add is that in this case I did detect a scent when the wood was freshly turned.  It wasn’t overpowering and obvious like Camphor or Paduak, but it was there.

All major cuts were made using the Easy Wood Tool system on my Robust American Beauty lathe, although I do use Robert Sorby bowl gouges for light final passes before sanding.  Forward chucking was in a Nova Chuck, while reverse chucking was done using a Nova Chuck with Cole Jaws.  Sanding was with Gold and Green Wave sanding discs as well as Abranet screens from Packard Woodworks.  Final finish is Shellawax.

As always, I wish all my readers a great experience in whatever your wood working interests happen to be and to those who like working with lathes especially, do a good turn today!