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Thread: Jacaranda From - And For - The Neighbors

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    Jacaranda From - And For - The Neighbors

    This is some wood I got from the neighbors down the street, who were doing a major trimming of their jacaranda tree. I got several chunks of this stuff, and this is the bowl I made to give them in return for the wood. Jacaranda is pretty soft and light, is very stable and fast drying. It's a bit tricky to get nice clean cuts with it, but when the gouge can't do it, the sands easily and quickly.

    The finished bowl is about 10" long and 6" wide. Finished with Antique Oil and buffed. Many of the pieces from this tree have a slight bit of curl, but otherwise it's pretty plain wood.

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    The neighbors loved it, BTW, They had not seen any of my work before, and I don't think they were expecting anything quite like this when I promised them a bowl a few months ago.

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    Great bowl, Vaughn. The more I look at this wood the more it reminds me of Cherry. How does it compare?
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    Thanks, Mark. The grain is similar, but the color is lighter...almost white before I put the oil on it. It'll be interesting to see if it darkens over time like cherry. The wood is also much softer and lighter in weight than cherry. It's pretty porous, but the pores seem to close up nicely with sanding. The air nozzle on the inside blew the real fine sanding dust through the outside walls, to give you an idea how porous it is. I was still able to pull about 20 in/Hg with my vacuum pump, though.
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    Wow, Vaughn, you have really done a nice one. I wouldn't mind being you neighbor. Really nice.

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    Great gift to thank them with. Was it a problem getting the bark to stay on? It does look like cherry.
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    Another nice one Vaughn! A guy I know showed me a bowl he made from Jacaranda, and like you said, the grain was rather plain, but the wood had a really nice chatoyance, which looked real cool, can't tell from the pics if yours have that or not, but a very nice bowl regardless, bet it's fun to blow away people who have never seen your work!

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    What's not to like

    Great looking NE bowl!
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    Way to pump up community relations!

    It flows very nicely and I like the color.
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    Now that is a beautiful piece out of some beautiful wood. Well done.
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    That is a beautiful piece Vaughn.
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