Last Updated: 16 July 2019
Looking through the Wood-Database website makes both interesting and worrying reading about exotic woods from around the world and where they sit on the endangered species list:- CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species; IUCN (international Union for Conservation of Nature.
Ebony appears on these lists and is currently a firm favourite of woodturners for producing intricate finials. However, do we need to keep chopping down these rapidly disappearing species just for finials, guitar parts and furniture inlays?
An article on the Wood-Database website called Ebony: Dark Outlook For Dark Woods? by Eric Meier discusses the subject.
Do we have to use Ebony?
He talks about the world’s high demand for the wood because of its colour and quality, quoting Bob Taylor (guitar maker) who highlights how country after country has had its Ebony forests stripped over recent centuries for sale abroad.
Eric questions why should we care and outlines the issues raised by its continual use and what the currently endangered woods are: Ceylon Ebony, Gaboon Ebony, Mun Ebony Macassar Ebony, Wenge, Peruvial Walnut. African Blackwood.
After discussing what alternatives could be used he lists the following: Katalox, Black Palm, Ipe, Purpleheart, Black Walnut, Texas Ebony, Bog Oak and any other abnormally dark woods. Should we turners do the same?
Article on this website: www.wood-database.com
Darren Breeze’s rise in the world of woodturning took another leap forward earlier this year when his dream to open his own shop was realised.
Art & Craft in Wood will be his window to the world where he can create and sell his wares as well as demonstrate and train those interested in learning woodturning.
He will also be exclusively displaying work by his good friend Tom White.
It has been a labour of love gratefully shared with the help of friends and family.
The opening created a great deal of interest and subsequently featured in several local publications. The deputy mayor even attended the successful opening evening along with a host of invited guests, friends and well wishers.
The shop is at: 117 High Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk
To find out more about Darren visit his website: www.breezewoodturning.com.
Horns of Odin Table
Verdigris lidded box
Bowl of Flames
Mixed Leaf Drift
by Tom White
The Test of Time
What would you say if you were told that cheap soft pine would be good for windows cladding and decking as it lasts up to 50 years?
Well it can. A company called Accsys Technologies has developed a method of essentially pickling fast-grown softwoods to give them the properties of slow-grown hardwoods. An amazing step in the right direction of preventing deforestation throughout the world.
The finished article is called Accoya and is the result of an acetylation process that enables the wood to resist rotting.
If anyone gets some of this wood for turning let us know the results.