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Archive for August, 2009

Rosewood From Around the Globe

Monday, August 24th, 2009


Rosewood is the popular name for wood from a very special group of trees. All true rosewoods belong to the genus Dalbergia. This is a large genus of small to medium-size trees and shrubs with wide distribution read more

The Grape Popsicle of Woodworking: Purple Heart Wood (Peltogyne spp.)

Monday, August 17th, 2009
Argyle Art Nouveau Chair

Argyle Art Nouveau Chair by Matt Sandoval

Yes, you too might be convinced that the wood called purple heart is dyed to get that vivid color. Or maybe that it’s not a wood at all.

It happens every day in our stores where we invariably get asked, “So, c’mon is that really the natural color?”

Well, it most certainly is. read more

Exotic Wood Turning Squares Invade Our Warehouse

Friday, August 14th, 2009
African exotic wood turning squares: padauk, bubinga, zebrawood, wenge, and sapele

African exotic wood turning squares: padauk, bubinga, zebrawood, wenge, and sapele

They’ve practically taken over in here.  Just within the last week, we’ve had a number of new squares show up demanding some attention. It’s like a turning square convention in our warehouse.  Everywhere you turn . . . there they are.

All kinds of woods, too.

All these beautiful perfectly cut exotic woods are stacked, piled, and ready for good service in your woodworking shop.

Even though we call them turning squares, we’ve been lucky enough to have some crafty woodworkers walk through the doors, see these squares and say, “I can make something cool with those without even using a lathe.” read more