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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Coastal plain of North Carolina

    175 different species

    I read the posts on this forum nearly every day but I seldom post.

    I thought I might share a personal milestone with you. Being somewhat anal I enjoy turning as many different species of wood as I can. I have now turned over 300 different species of wood into boxes or pens.

    The boxes pictured however represent the 173rd, 174th and 175th different species from which I have turned boxes in this general shape. It is harder to find box blanks in the sizes required for boxes of this size than many other box forms and get them successfully dried.

    From left to right:
    Black Limba- not very black and not very limba as it was rather splintery (Groan, a bad joke). There are some interesting wispy black lines visible in the lid reminiscent of spalting. This is my first box from this wood. The box is 2" tall and 2 3/4" in diameter.

    Bocote- I have turned numerous boxes from this timber but this is the first one in this shape that was successful. All of the others had wind shake or some other problem. This one turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself. It is 2 1/4" tall and 3" in diameter.

    Ziricote- Another wood from which I have turned numerous boxes but this is the first in this particular form. The grain alignment on this box is remarkable. The box is 2 1/8" tall and 2 3/4" in diameter.

    I probably have 20-30 more species in my inventory from which I can turn this general form.

    Any comments appreciated...
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Mike, you should post more often.

    What a beautiful trio.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    WOW Mike those turned out Beautiful nice job
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    All three boxes are top-shelf stuff, Mike. (As usual.) Great work, and thanks for posting the photos.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Beautiful stuff Mike
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Well if your soup is as nice as your boxes, I'm going to be in heaven yet again

  7. #7
    Those are very nice looking boxes. I'm glad you named the kind of wood used. I would have guessed one of them as Walnut and another as Zebra wood.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    I have not ever cataloged my pens turned or wood/acrylic turned. I envy those of you that keep detailed records. Those are top notch turnings and hope you post more pictures as they will inspire some of us to try to copy your style!
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

    I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Very nice boxes. I love the shape, mine always seem to end up straight sided. I'm going to keep your picture of your boxes in mind next time I make a box.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    mike i don't think anyone any where can do better. I guess that's why you teach and we TRY to copy.

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