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    May be Mackay Cedar or Red Siris (tropical Qld...

    May be Mackay Cedar or Red Siris (tropical Qld wood with a very irritating dust). It usually has those yellow streaks through a coarse textured red wood. Used for furniture when available.

    PS:...
  2. Thread: Olive wood

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    Good onya Peter, That's the way to revive...

    Good onya Peter,

    That's the way to revive flagging interest in the skill of pen making.... like you have, by example, showing a beauty like this.
    Well done!!

    Eugene
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    If you keep having problems DL (and are...

    If you keep having problems DL (and are desperate) I can offer some spare Qld Beech, Qld and Pacific Kauri (blocks & slabs), Denhamia (block) & Huon boards. All these are softish. There are others. ...
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    Another consideration could be woods from the...

    Another consideration could be woods from the Citrus family, most with fine textured, hard white featureless wood.
    Holly too. It a weed in some areas in Vic and is cleared. Pittosporum in Tas and...
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    Limewood / Basswood (Linden) is a cool climate...

    Limewood / Basswood (Linden) is a cool climate wood and not found, grown or milled in Australia. Most would be imported.
    There are a few suppliers of imported woods. Mathews & Trend are often...
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    Further to comments made above... - cooking...

    Further to comments made above...

    - cooking temp to trigger polymerisation of CJ .. again, lower temperature the better and whatever the resin requires to set it at the lowest temp. Temp and time...
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    Lots of good (tested and proven) methods / advice...

    Lots of good (tested and proven) methods / advice provided by Neil. Dry wood is essential its obvious. From my own experience, with wood chemistry, wood oils, using polymers and lab methods, using...
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    agree colour contrast looks great Cal :) :2tsup:

    agree colour contrast looks great Cal :) :2tsup:
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    The colours posted here in images are duller than...

    The colours posted here in images are duller than in reality Peter.
    I'm unaware of any commercial purplehearts from Africa. I will send you a PM or email re your questions.
    Regards, Eugene

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    Thanks for the post Dave. Your result looks...

    Thanks for the post Dave.

    Your result looks good and your technique seems very thorough to me. The proof will be in the turning & appearance (absence holes voids and ease and quality of finish....
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    Yes Peter, it is disappointing to see this lack...

    Yes Peter, it is disappointing to see this lack of interest by pen turners in this specialised skill. As a wood lover, I just enjoy the finished result. Its a great way of showing skill & design,...
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    Pete, those surfaces shown above were planed many...

    Pete, those surfaces shown above were planed many years ago (20+ years) so the surface is MUCH darker than fresh surface becomes. They were shown to show the figure and a block of typical, unfigured...
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    Not sure who “Wife" is. Maybe a typo? There...

    Not sure who “Wife" is. Maybe a typo?

    There are a number of Sth American commercial species called “Purpleheart". Some are from large Sth American trees and are milled and exported in large...
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    Dont you love how wood shows it beauty with those...

    Dont you love how wood shows it beauty with those first coats? I do!

    Great work Cal!
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    I have some in small sizes, quantities, some...

    I have some in small sizes, quantities, some select & figured. What sizes do you need?
    Contact me if commercial suppliers can't provide what you want. (My prices will be higher.)
    Its imported and...
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    DEATH NOTICE Very sad to hear of Vics death. Always friendly,...

    Very sad to hear of Vics death. Always friendly, always a gentleman and approachable to share views. He was admired for his unique designs and was part of the elite Yarra Turners group. He taught...
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    Aaaaaah, I agree!! Well done Cal.. hope you are...

    Aaaaaah, I agree!!
    Well done Cal.. hope you are enjoying "the journey" as we are observing the results at milestones :) .
    Thanks for sharing, especially via the excellent photography

    Euge
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    Looks like a eucalypt to me... maybe River Red Gum

    Looks like a eucalypt to me... maybe River Red Gum
  19. Thread: Goldiewood ????

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    Its wood is a golden colour (hence its common...

    Its wood is a golden colour (hence its common name), has a fine texture and with fine rays.
    Stable once dry but cracks and twists during drying (that;s only a problem in large sizes.) Look forward...
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    I agree with Ian. it is definitely a native...

    I agree with Ian.

    it is definitely a native WA species from the SW corner of that state. It gets its common name from its association with Granite and granitic soil/ Here is a reference ......
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    I've been distracted by my own survival .. sorry...

    I've been distracted by my own survival .. sorry about that.

    Beautiful work and handle Ian! So glad you could make it with the piece of Casuarina obesa.

    Most casuarinas have been separated...
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    Maybe its to do with moisture Migration Speed .....

    Maybe its to do with moisture Migration Speed .. which happens mostly from the ends, in short pieces quickly in long ones slowly as moisture from inside migrates slowly to the ends. So drying &...
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    TB, Its an exotic softwood which means its not...

    TB, Its an exotic softwood which means its not native hardwood like acacias are. I would not call it rare either but uncommonly available as a wood, most from planted Gardens as ornamentals. Cannot...
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    You might find these images useful as a...

    You might find these images useful as a comparison to yours when you cut it up. This (below) is the Cypress of Goa (Cupressus lusitanica) I referred to.

    This is a fragrant (cedar/cypress...
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    It could be a Mexican Cypress. I bought some from...

    It could be a Mexican Cypress. I bought some from Rare Woods (when they existed) many years ago.
    It is oily fragrant wood, unusual with a purple-dark red heartwood sometimes with yellow streaks,...
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    I can provide polished pieces various shapes,...

    I can provide polished pieces various shapes, sizes and colors
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    In my opinion no, its not essential as most of...

    In my opinion no, its not essential as most of the twisting, warping etc has happened during the drying. As long as temp and humidity in the storage environment do NOT change too quickly, dry timber...
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    I agree Uncle Al :2tsup: :) So... if its a...

    I agree Uncle Al :2tsup: :)

    So... if its a pittosporum the wood when dry will be much less dense than Boxwood (Buxus sp.) which is exceeding slow growing (in Europe anyway) and rarely found...
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    Trying again to recommend a good local cypress.....

    Trying again to recommend a good local cypress.. Cupressus macrocarpa (it meets ALL your needs above.. easy to work, affordable, lightweight not briittle, few knots, med weight, fine texture glues...
  30. Thread: Timber I.D. help?

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    I guess the next question is - what are cypress...

    I guess the next question is - what are cypress and norfolk island pine like for woodturning?

    Cant answer your question as I am not a turner. But from what I know of these woods, I would not...
  31. Thread: Timber I.D. help?

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    That's what happens when you (I mean I am) bored...

    That's what happens when you (I mean I am) bored at home... alone! :D
  32. Thread: Timber I.D. help?

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    Poor Pic .... but may be a Norfolk Is Pine from...

    Poor Pic .... but may be a Norfolk Is Pine from first pic
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    Oops sorry... I meant Millgrove, on the way to...

    Oops sorry... I meant Millgrove, on the way to Warburton on Warburton Hwy about 1 hr SE of Melbourne . There is mill in the village visible from main road opposite the park/ reserve.
    ACCO a member...
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    Why not consider using another locally grown...

    Why not consider using another locally grown softwood like Cupressus macrocarpa (Monterey Cypress) used as windbreaks and milled in parts of Vic eg Millswood and available from there, in milled form....
  35. Thread: Timber I.D. help?

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    looks like a CYPRESS to me

    looks like a CYPRESS to me
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    Well done Lance!! Now I can see the wood, I...

    Well done Lance!!
    Now I can see the wood, I reckon that is Messmate also called Messamate stringybark (Euc. obliqua)
    Don't forget to name and date your work and species
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    It does look like a eucalypt to me and being so...

    It does look like a eucalypt to me and being so dark Jarrah is the most obvious to me.

    Many eucalypt woods are hard to tell apart except by colour and density. If you did a density test (gram /...
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    Hi Jason, I have a very wide range of rare and...

    Hi Jason,

    I have a very wide range of rare and unusual Australian species (as woods) mostly in short boards, blocks and some logs.
    These are best for smaller wood crafts/ projects - eg boxes,...
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    Looks like Manuka to me ...." Leptospermum...

    Looks like Manuka to me ...." Leptospermum scoparium, commonly called Mānuka, manuka, manuka myrtle, NZ teatree, broom tea-tree, or just Tea Tree, is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle...
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    You asked me independently Josh, and I've...

    You asked me independently Josh, and I've thought some more about your problem since. As I have often said, I'm not a wood worker but focus on such problems from the theory / causes plus what I...
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    The patterns you see in the end grain (x-section...

    The patterns you see in the end grain (x-section or transverse section) I don't think are pores or vessels as in "ring porous woods" or "diffuse porous" ....
    They may be either parenchyma (eg...
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    Progressing well Cal. Thanks for taking us on...

    Progressing well Cal. Thanks for taking us on this journey with you.

    Euge
  43. Thread: Which Ebony?

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    Usually I can provide images of authentic woods...

    Usually I can provide images of authentic woods (IWCS reference samples) of these but all I can show presently are ebonies from different countries / continents. Black woods don't show distinctive...
  44. Thread: Which Ebony?

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    Hi Geoff, As I said ion your pen post the...

    Hi Geoff,

    As I said ion your pen post the Asian (PNG & Macassar) ebonies tend to have brownish streaks in the black heartwood. Most ebonies have pale creamy-white or pinkish sapwoods.

    [There...
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    My opinion for what its worth....based on my...

    My opinion for what its worth....based on my experience (exceptions in a species can always be found)

    Gabon (African) ebony is more often a clean black heartwood
    PNG ebony often has brown streaks...
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    Hi Craig, I can offer a wide selection of...

    Hi Craig, I can offer a wide selection of figured and pretty wood panels for box lids... if you want something different.
    Contact me by PM if interested,

    Euge
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    I am not a turner but can briefly describe the...

    I am not a turner but can briefly describe the wood. From what I know, its white-pale brown and of medium density and relative fine texture with little figure in straight sections. Not sure if that...
  48. Agree re the Gazebo idea will keep rain off and...

    Agree re the Gazebo idea will keep rain off and allow airflow and later reduce direct sun. You may be able to find one second hand.
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    New Sellers should ALWAYS READ RULES first, ...

    New Sellers should ALWAYS READ RULES first,
    Advertise SIZE, quantity and SELLING PRICE and
    Answer ALL expressions of interest PUBLICLY, in the order they are received.
    Correspondece should be...
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    As you say Ian, fiddleback figure is uncommon in...

    As you say Ian, fiddleback figure is uncommon in Mulga. So, I was surprised and delighted when I cut this log, one I have had for years.

    The common "mulga" (Acacia aneura) may be split by western...
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