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Thread: Dead Finish OR Archidendropsis Basaltica

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    Dead Finish OR Archidendropsis Basaltica

    This wood most of you guys probably wouldnt have seen before. Its local desert wood the name Dead Finish was given to it by the Aboriginees. In their old pidgin English it meant this tree would be the last one standing in a long drought. ""When this tree die, this country, him dead - finish" Its a very tough tree although recently we have had a few die.

    Hard as nails takes a shine like a french polish finish. I turned this one sideways to get the contrast of the Sap and heart wood, adding the flat spirals for greater effect. 7x3.5" finished with WOP
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Deadfinish spiral 004.jpg   Deadfinish spiral 005.jpg   Deadfinish spiral 008.jpg  

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    OK, I am impressed and I am a flatwork guy.
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    Wow, that is impressive work
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    how do you make the spiral like that ? very impressive bowl
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    I am impressed too and I am a segmented guy.
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    Right nice looking piece, Niel! I like everything about it. Did you do the spirals on a rose engine, or hand carve them? Either way, it looks great!
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    Great looking piece. I am impressed.
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    Beautifully done, Neil. This spiral is different from the others I usually see you do. I really like the stair step look. I wonder if the Dead Finish wood is any relation to the various "Ironwood" species we have over here? From your description, it sounds similar to the Desert Ironwood from our SW deserts.
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    Did you do the spirals on a rose engine, or hand carve them
    All by hand, flat one are not so bad as you can lay a file along them. Although for some reason this one gave some problems, took forever to get them right. Must be outa touch or something.

    I wonder if the Dead Finish wood is any relation to the various "Ironwood" species we have over here? From your description, it sounds similar to the Desert Ironwood from our SW deserts.
    Dunno Vaughn, that why I included the latin or botanical name, hoping some body might do a bit of research. If you do have something similar then grab a piece its a great turn.

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    cant think of any words other than stunning.
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