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Ironwood
MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-07-31 5:52 pm   Permalink

I picked up a small piece of Ironwood (Olneya tesota). I think it's a protected species and may be illegal to collect so I won't say how I got it

Probably not the best wood for a new carver but anyone have tips for working with it? I've seen carvings done of it in Mexico that have beautiful dark grain and a mirror-like finish.



Here it is "floating" in water. It has a desity of 1.2, similar to Lignum Vitae or Ebony and about twice as dense as Walnut

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McTiki
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Posted: 2012-07-31 6:15 pm   Permalink

Just make sure its not toxic or a rash causing wood before you dive in. There's no limit to its desired finish. You can get this to 1000 grit! Its heavy and very dense.

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Posted: 2012-07-31 6:51 pm   Permalink

wow...

that's amazing looking...


 
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Posted: 2012-08-01 06:20 am   Permalink

Rotary tools are maybe more appropriate than chisels. Contact Benzart.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-08-01 10:10 am   Permalink

McTiki, that is a good point. Certain wood dusts make me wheeze, especially redwood and any hardwood ~ I should probably wear a mask.

Tom, that's what I figured ~ treat it more like bone or stone. I think I'm going to try a Hei Matau, that may be within the scope of my limited skill set. I'll need to do some research to find how to do the lashing.
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McTiki
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Posted: 2012-08-01 10:22 am   Permalink

I found a guide of sorts, but, it doesn't contain the Iron wood genus (Sideroxylon)family. It does have alot of others common to us rotary & chisel guys though.

http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/

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Posted: 2012-08-01 4:48 pm   Permalink

great color

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-08-01 7:43 pm   Permalink

The piece I sliced off has some lighter colored heartwood which could make some nice color variation. I drew out a simple hook, let's see what happens

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Posted: 2012-08-01 10:05 pm   Permalink

Ironwood is beautiful, used on a lot of custom guitars. Hopefully the piece you got was from proper sourcing, it's the wild stuff that is off limits.

Just don't waste it That's a nice looking piece, you should be able to make some great stuff out of it.


 
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Atomic Mess
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Posted: 2012-08-03 04:13 am   Permalink

wow that looks amazing!

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/desert-ironwood/
No definite toxic effects listed here but probably safe to wear a mask if you're going to use power tools...


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savoy6
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Posted: 2012-08-04 8:34 pm   Permalink

it's a type of hornbeam..if that helps any...alot of native american tribes used this wood specifically for arrow shafts because of it's rigidity and hardness....
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Benzart
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Posted: 2012-08-25 07:08 am   Permalink

This wood is better Machined than carved as it will wreck a set of chisels if not careful. Thats why most of the pieces you see are smooth with very little detail It can be polished to a mirror finish . Tom was correct in using rotary tools though fine detail can be sharpened up with knives and chisels. Good luck, take your time and Have FUN!

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