Seven New Honduran Rosewood

I have covered Honduran Rosewood extensively in the past so I won’t be repeating that information here.

I found the most notable feature of this set of seven Honduran Rosewood bowls to be the wide color variability demonstrated from bowl to bowl.  Several of the bowls are almost a plain brown, perhaps a pale mauve at best and yet some of the other pieces are a deep reddish purple.  Regardless of the color of the wood the turning process and experience was the same.  I had a very hard time cutting the blanks round on the bandsaw since Honduran Rosewood is so hard and I am somewhat grateful that I am done with that part of the process.

Honduran Rosewood

The smaller pieces measure about 5.5″ x 2″ while the larger two pieces measure 7.5″ x 2″.

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 from Packard Woodworks as well as Abranet screens from Craft Supplies USA.  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!