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What's your favorite carving wood?
finkdaddy
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2004-11-07 08:01 am   Permalink

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On 2004-11-05 11:04, finkdaddy wrote:
I've only used pine, but I remember seeing a duck that was carved from applewood and it was very pretty. The coolest piece I've every seen was a huge camel carved from a solid piece of wood imported from Morocco. I don't remember the name, but I know it's closely related to cedar and has that very wonderful cedar smell. The wood is very hard and has a gorgeous, swirly, tight grain that looks almost shimmery and three-dimensional. I will try to find out the name and pass it along. I would love to see a Benzart piece carved from it!



I found out what type of wood that is. It's called Thuya. It is far and away the most beutiful wood I've ever seen. I hope someone can find a piece for carving.


 
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Gigantalope
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From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2004-11-07 10:10 pm   Permalink

I saw the trunk of Valley Oak today along I-5 near a ford dealer in Red Bluff. (the tree had been cut and the largest piece left)

The piece was about 4 feet tall and at least 33 inches wide....just sitting there waiting for someone to free the tiki inside it.

Unfortunalty it wasn't the self loading oak I hoped it would be, so it's still there.

On the tpoic of palms, I have some plates made of Coconut palm, and they're really nice...much harder than I would have thought.



 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-11-08 07:34 am   Permalink

I don't think I can say I have a Favorite carving wood. I love Mahogany for it's ease of carving but it is not great for fine detail. I love Cherry and Maple for it's ability to hold very fine detail, but they are both very hard and difficult to carve. I love palms for big, fast tikis, but not for fine detail and also they usually contain a lot of silica which chews up your chisels. Redwood is beautiful and fast to carve but difficult to get fine detail with and sanding is very messy.
It depends on what you are going to carve as to what wood you choose and what you call your favorite.
I guess if I HAD to name a favorite it would be Mahogany for its beauty, reputation and ease of carving.
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2005-07-21 10:23 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-07-21 21:57, 8FT Tiki wrote:
UPDATE: Well after completing the first sycamore project which became the big green Pisco bottle dude, I can whole heartedly recommend this tree to you as a good carving wood.
It is very heavy but I like it because it doesn't splinter much and the cracking was not bad either. The grain is smooth and it is a very light color which would accept stains well. ...


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Thanatos
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Posted: 2005-07-22 11:00 am   Permalink

My fav wood is a specail wood.... Free
"If it is free it is for me!"
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