Yume Kobo is a turning group started here a while back by some of the local turner guys, who wanted a more casual group than the "Official" AAW affiliated FEWS group.
Most of the members are members in both groups.
We had a meeting on this last Sunday, one of the members gave a lecture on how the Inverters in most lathes using 3-phase motors work, the different types and the advantages. Talk about information overload, but at least we got a text as well. All good stuff.
At lunch time, we all brought out our stuff to sell to each other or two swap for stuff, I got two VERY nice pieces of wood from a guy that comes along and brings NICE wood for GOOD prices.
I think the wood is Hoonoki which is "Magnolia obovata"
I also understand it is used for such things as the traditional wooden shoes, "Geta".Japanese Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia obovata; syn. M. hypoleuca) is a species of Magnolia, native to Japan and the adjacent Kurile Islands of Russia. It grows at altitudes of sea level up to 1,800 m in mixed broadleaf forest.
It is a medium-sized deciduous tree 15-30 m tall, with slate grey bark. The leaves are large, 16-38 cm (rarely to 50 cm) long and 9-20 cm (rarely 25 cm) broad, leathery, green above, silvery or greyish pubescent below, and with an acute apex. They are held in whorls of five to eight at the end of each shoot. The flowers are also large, cup-shaped, 15-20 cm diameter, with 9-12 creamy, fleshy tepals, red stamens; they have a strong scent, and are produced in early summer after the leaves expand. The fruit is an oblong-cylindric aggregate of follicles 12-20 cm long and 6 cm broad, bright pinkish red, each follicle containing one or two black seeds with a fleshy orange-red coating.
The wood is strong, light, and easy to work, sought by craftsmen. In parts of Japan the large leaves are used for wrapping food.
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Here is a few pics of the space that Sanno San has built, for his company, as storeage and for wood turning.........
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