I'm about to turn an ice bucket out of LA. Start tomorrow.
I'm an extremely in-expert turner, with a lathe that turns Forum lips upwards at one corner. The LA is still green, two months RIP. I've slabbed some and its seems easy to work, we'll see how it works out.
According to His Worshipful Zederator, Lord of the Ether, Keeper of the Fora, it makes great axe handles.
Acting on his advice, I've made lots of chisel handles etc out of it.
Let us know how you go.
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