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Strange Woods and Beautiful Turnings, Part II

by Mark Stephens | January 26th, 2010

NEW PINK FLAME IIACheck out this second set of fun turnings from Jim King down in the Peruvian Amazon.  He’ll be commenting on these incredible woods he used down below ….

In the mean time, click on the pictures to see a larger version.  I’m interested in that multi-part vessel at the end:

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  • Drew

    I seriously want some of that mystery wood that’s not Pink Flame. Is it obtainable here in the States ?

  • Mark

    I picked up several of the Orange Agate bowl blanks and I absolutely loved working with them. I made X-Mas gifts…and didn’t want to give them away as they were so beautiful!

  • http://www.woodworkerssource.com Mark Stephens

    We did get in some of the Orange Agate back in August. It sold pretty fast to our local customers because it is indeed very striking. We’ve also had a number of woods from the Platymiscium genus, and they all have a *similar* look. Coyote is one of them: http://www.woodworkerssource.com/Coyote.html

    I really like that unknown “pink flame.”

  • Jim King

    PALO CRUZ:
    The two lamp stands in the upper left corner are a wood called Palo Cruz. The tree grows only to a few inches in diameter and largest dark heart wood I have ever seen was about six inches in diameter and I used a part of that on the wall lamp in the bottom left corner photo.
    The heart wood varies from coal black to black with a tint of brown and it is extremely hard. It is a difficult wood to handle due to its hardness and being brittle. This is another species that from experience I would not attempt to turn without boiling the rough turned piece to make it stable.
    Many times the more beautiful and unique the wood the more difficult it is to work and this is one of those cases. I mentioned in one of the prior blogs my experience of offering a $1000 reward for the first person that brought in a black wood. This is the wood. Not one tropical wood expert that I knew believed there was a black wood in the Amazon but there is.
    As of yet we have been unable to positively identify this wood. There have been names mentioned but something always is not a match and we have been unable to find the wood in any collections in the world.
    Palo Cruz logs

    UNKNOWN:
    The bowl in the upper right hand corner is quite an unusual wood. The photo does not show it clearly but in addition to the black and red stripes there is a lime green core. No one will even take a guess as to what this species is. The leaves and flowers are similar to Pink Flame but not the same. The University here has classified it as Pink Flame just so it has a name and can be legally harvested but it is not correct.
    The wood is not delicate to work with as Pink Flame. The tree grows to 30 inches in diameter. In these colorful species many have an unusual trait in that the crotches which normally are the most beautiful part of the wood are pure white sapwood. Another mystery that no one can explain.

    WALL LAMP:
    The wall lamp in the bottom left photo is 22” tall and the Palo Cruz cap and base are 7 inches in diameter. The spindles are a variety of woods I had laying around, each dowel is a different species. These are the wall lamps for my office. Everyone likes them and wants a pair but I simply did not have time for more.

    ORANGE AGATE:
    The bottom right hand photo is Orange Agate , Platymiscium sp. of the Fabaceae family. This is a truly fine wood for ease of working , color stability , wood stability and whatever. It is simply excellent and anyone can work with it with ease and no special care . This multi vase bowl was just one of those ideas that a person gets and then you wonder why you did it. The rough turnings were boiled but the pieces still all fit together perfectly as the day it was finished 3 or 4 years ago. The characteristics are the same as mentioned for Black Agate in the prior grouping.
    Again many people at first sight feel this is Cocobolo but it is not .