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Strange Woods and Beautiful Turnings, Part III

by Mark Stephens | January 29th, 2010

Stripes, colors, and all kinds of shapes characterize this set of wood turnings from Jim King.

There’s even a piece made from spalted bloodwood, which I find highly unusual.

I want to know more about the wine dispenser.  Is the wine chamber wood only, or is there a container of some kind inside?

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  • Jim King

    ORANGE AGATE:

    The photo of the wine and cheese dispenser in the upper left hand corner is Orange Agate. This wood has been described in an earlier photo. The interior of the dispenser was coated with probably 20 coats of floor grade polyurethane and it did not leak and did not affect the taste of the wine. The spigot is a standard water spigot and the ring on top is a ring for a bulls nose. This was a good sized piece as you can see by comparing the full sized wine bottle next to it.

    BLOODWOOD:

    Bloodwood branches and roots being smaller in diameter have a considerable ring of cream colored sapwood in many cases double the amount of red heart wood. Bloodwood trees that have been cut a few years and the tops are left to rot away produce this spalting of the sapwood and when turned expose the both the sap and heart wood this is the effect. The result can be striking. The dark red heartwood can also be found with black line spalt. The spalting effect certainly can give the standard bloodwood a new effect. This vase was parted half way up for hollowing. It was at least 16 inches tall.

    DALMATION:

    The double box piece in the center left photo is “Dalamation” or Dalmata in Spanish. It is believed to be “Swartzia arborescens “ of the “Fabaceae” family but to confuse the issue several subspecies have also been found. This is a very hard wood and makes a person work a little but it is worth the effort. It takes a beautiful shine and is extremely stable . This piece had 5 turnings and was about 18 to 20 inches tall. The marketing name Dalmation came about one night when a bunch of friends were in the shop having a rum or two. In an end grain section the wood is spotted and as one of the guys had a Dalmation dog he put the name on the wood.
    This double box was made with one tool as a challenge. On a woodworking site they were talking about the problems of working with a skew and started a contest to see what people actually did with this tool. Having never seen or had a skew I got some information off the internet as to what it was and made one from a file . This turning is the result. 100% skewed , no other tool used.

    TIGRE CASPI:

    Bottom right hand photo. The name is Tigre for tiger in Spanish and Caspi from the Quechua language meaning wood. Many people believe it to be Marblewood but it is not. Tigre Caspi is “Zygia cataractae “ of the “Mimosaceae “ family. This is an easy wood to work with and is also stable and color fast. Both end grain and flat grain turnings produce beautiful grain displays. This wood also is beautiful when it spalts and adds yet more figure .

    QUEEN WOOD:

    The covered bowl in the bottom left hand corner. This wood got its name because we thought we found Kingwood but after that was disproven we decided on Queenwood as a marketing name. Yet another wood that is easy to work with but not 100 % color stable. In a few years it does lose its vibrant light violet colors and they change to purple. The beautiful grain stays the same and distinct. This little covered bowl was about 10 inches in diameter. Unlike Kingwood this tree grows to large sizes and would make beautiful book matched conference tables either natural edge or standard. “Swartzia sp.” of the ” Fabaceae” family.

  • Jim King

    Sorry to delay on the descriptions but I just got in. I will do them first thing in the morning.