A friend of mine sent an ugly little piece of ironwood to me a while back, but I'll bet if he knew this was hiding inside, he might have kept it for himself. Turned real easy wet, but lived up to its ironwood name when dry. Sharp tools left a nice clean cut, though. It's about 4 3/4" wide by 3 3/4" high, with walls about 3/16" thick. I finally quit thinning it up last night when I noticed I could flex the top part of the piece about 1/8". (Having a full penetration inclusion around 180 degrees of the body didn't help.) It's finished with a coat of Antique Oil and a few coats of spray Deft lacquer. No buffing, but I'll hand wax it in a few days with Renaissance Wax.
Sorry for the raft of pics, but this wood is too pretty to pick just one or two shots. For such a little piece, it's got a lot to look at.
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Lemme know what you think...good, bad or ugly.