The identity of this quite wonderful wood is sadly a mystery as whatever label it had before long ago fell off. I really enjoyed turning this piece and if I knew what the wood was I would probably buy more of it.
I am reasonably sure that it is from Latin America or Asia, which I know doesn’t really narrow it down a great deal. The wood was hard and turned slowly and it cut quite cleanly especially along the areas with the grain. The cross-grain areas did take a bit more work to smooth out but it wasn’t terrible.
I didn’t detect any specific scent although at times I thought I smelled something floral and fruity.
The color is amazing, being golden brownish orange with very bright and clear red streaks that give it the appearance of a striped candy cane.
If anyone has any ideas about the identity of this wood please let me know!
All cuts were made using the Easy Wood Tool system on my Robust American Beauty lathe. 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. 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!