I’ve covered Redheart in the past so I won’t go into details again here.
Redheart remains one of my favorite woods to work with. It cuts easily and cleanly, requiring only light and easy clean up sanding, and it takes a final finish quite well although the finish process does tend to darken the otherwise vibrant watermelon red sometimes found with this wood. Note the color differences between these three with two of the bowls being a much brighter red than the third, which almost resembles Bloodwood in coloration more than Redheart.
I had an easy time working these three bowls and my previous positive experiences of Redheart remain true through these samples as well.
This smaller piece measures 5″ x 1.5″.
This larger piece with a darker coloration measures 7″ x 2.5″.
This second larger piece with a more vibrant red color measures 7″ x 3″.
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!