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    desert ironwood

    does anyone have a source for some, i need a little to make a thank you gift for some folks in Mississippi,, a end cut and some flat if possible so i can make one of these..Click image for larger version. 

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    send me a pm if you have a source and we can get a flat rate box for the delivery method. thanks
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    Larry,
    I don't have any in my stash but as you know I do live where it grows so I can get some for ya, let me know size.
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    I bought some from a member (I believe it was Barry) here some time ago. I tried to turn a piece during the last box swap and didn't like it at all. I still have a few pieces. These are small pieces though and may not be as beautiful as in the picture above. I am not sure what size you are looking for but if you want, I can measure them and post a couple of pics after I get home.
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    yeah its a stinky wood to work for sure,, but tiz purty when its done..
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    Here is the picture of what I have. From left:
    10 3/4" x 5" x 2"
    9" x 3 1/2" x 2 3/4"
    7" x 3 1/2" x 2 7/8"
    7 1/2" x 2 3/8" x 1 3/8"
    Looks like some nice pieces. Let me know if you are interested.
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    Larry, is desert ironwood the same as Manzanita (Arctostaphylos) or Madrone (Arbutus)? Both grow aroiund here, so if it is, I can see if I can find some that is dry,

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    what i need is the end cut and i will resw it to a thinner dimension,, i am after the turkey tail look the base is where the flat wood comes in and i can sub any wood for the base if need be
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Rodekohr View Post
    Larry, is desert ironwood the same as Manzanita (Arctostaphylos) or Madrone (Arbutus)? Both grow aroiund here, so if it is, I can see if I can find some that is dry,
    Afraid not JAY, the Desert Ironwood only grows in the Sonoran Desert it is actually a member of the sweet pea family. Here is is some reading material for anyone who is interested.
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    Hi all,

    I have one of those that Larry made. It is 7 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches tall. I assume that any more that he makes will be approximately that size because that size works well.

    We use ours all of the time.

    That is beautiful wood!

    Enjoy,

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    That's an interesting piece. I suppose you could do something like this with any wood that has a high contrast between heartwood and sapwood. I'll have to copy that sometime.

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