Woods

There is a wand in there somewhere

I like to try working with lots of different kinds of woods. Each wood has it's benefits, and drawbacks, and gives a different weight, feel, and experience. I'll detail the woods I've worked with below, and my impressions....if you are interested in such things.

African Mahagony

African Mahogany is a medium density wood with a rich brown color that is fairly easy to work with. I don't find anything spectacular about this species. Turns and sands well with no significant dulling of my chisels.

Ash

Ash is a hard wood with prominent grain similar to oak. Due to the grain, it is difficult to impossible to get a fine smooth finish over the whole piece, but the grain stands out well on finishing with oil(teak oil is my oil of choice). Due to it's easy turning, and nice grains, this is my preferred wood when going for a lighter toned wood.

Beech

Thoughts forthcoming.....

Black Walnut

Black Walnut is one of the mainstays of my wands. This wood had a nice dark finish,, is easy to turn, works very well with resin applications, and is very affordable for the finish it gives. I always make sure to have some Black Walnut blanks around.

Bloodwood

Bloodwood is a medium density wood with a red hue, as the name would lead you to believe. Pictures do not do it justice. In weight, feel and workability it is very close to cherry, with maybe a little more dusting. Turns very nicely without much resistance like some of the harder woods.

Brazillian Ebony

Brazilian Ebony is a very hard and heavy wood. This wood has a very tight grain, and gives an incredibly smooth finish. The wood is a very dark drown, and not black like the name would imply, with streaks of lighter brown, almost golden, running thru. Still a new wood for me, but I have plenty more to play with and get a better feel, but I have a feeling this one will go on the keeper list....even though I'll have to up my chisel sharpening game with these around.

Canarywood

Canarywood has a rich yellow/orange color with warn brown graining. It a striking wood that drew my eye the first time I saw it. A very easy wood to turn, and holds any shape that you want to put into it with ease. Slightly heavier than cherry, it doesn't have the heft of the rosewoods, but finishes almost as smooth.


Cherry, Curly Cherry

Cherry is a very easy wood to turn, being on of the less dense woods that I have worked with. It's a good wood for beginner turners. Has a rich tan color that will give hints or red especially after being oiled. Curly Cherry tends to have knots, but a little resin in the knot will give a great effect on the finished product.


Cocobolo

Cocobolo is also known as Mexican Rosewood. This is a very dense wood, and gives a solid and hefty feel. This wood is so dense it will not take face glue and requires epoxy to bond face boards. Like most varieties of rosewood has a very pleasant and sweet odor when working.

Gabon Ebony

Thoughts forthcoming.....

Holly

The first time that I saw this wood I knew I had to give it a spin. The wood is totally white. Turns very nice, but will start to flex when turning down to a smaller radius. Finishes quite nice, but will pick up a tiny bit of color from an oil(but not as much as I feared it would). Sight voids in the grain will give it a bone like appearance when finished.

Kingwood

One of my favorites. Another very hard wood with a nice smooth finish. The color ranges from deep red to almost purple with excellent grain. Has a pleasant odor when turning. Not to the level of a rosewood, but gives it a little extra plus when working with it.


Leopardwood

A very striking wood. The graining gives it a molted appearance that is definitely reminiscent of a Leopard. Leopardwood is a bit difficult to work due to it's almost fibrous nature. Even after sanding down to 600 grit, the fibers are still capable of snagging a finish rag(or giving you a nice splinter). Creates beautiful wands, but takes time and care to turn.


Maple

Maple is one of the most common hardwoods that you can find. Has a nice uniform blonde color. Maple and Ash are my staples when looking to have a paler wand. Turn fairly easily, and maintains it's strength down to fairly narrow turnings. A nice wood to use to pair with colored resin as it will allow the eye to be pulled to any applications.


Padauk

Thoughts forthcoming.....


Poplar

Popular is a common hardwood, and I most often use it when practicing new methods or experimenting. Turns easily and sands smooth. The biggest draw back is that is yellows significantly when oiled. I haven't used stains often in my wands, but I believe this wood would work well in those applications. Time to experiment some more.....


Purpleheart

Thoughts forthcoming.....


Red Oak

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Redheart

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Red Oak

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Rosewood - African

African Rosewood is softer and lighter than some of the other species of rosewoods. Turning it is quite easy, and the wood has a tendency to come off in continuous ribbons with a skew chisel after it's been rounded, which is always fun to see. It has a slightly pink hue to it. Not as fragrant as the other rosewoods I've worked with but has a subtle and pleasant scent.


Rosewood - Bolivian

Thoughts forthcoming.....


Rosewood - Honduran

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Rosewood - Indian

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Sapele

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Teak

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Tamarind(Spalted)

Thoughts forthcoming....

Wenge

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Yellow Mora

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Zebrawood

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Ziricote

Ziricote is a very dense wood with a tight grain that tends to turn almost straight to dust when turning. Due to this I always make sure that I have on a dust mask even when turning. A heavy wood, it has a deep brown color that will turn to almost black when oiled. A nice wood when finished but the dusting can be irritating.