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My Love Affair with Redgum

Getting the right timber to start a project is very important to how it turns out.  In Episode 9 of A Minute of BS I talk about my favourite timber: Redgum or (to save any confusion) Eucalyptus Camaldulensis.  This is a great wood once it’s finished, but not the easiest to work with.  I use it a lot, not only because of its local abundance, as this story will show, but because it speaks to me and informs what I make from it.  I’d love to know more about what timbers you like to work with in your part of the world, and why. Read more

Queen Ebony

It has been compared to Ebony and has been used for traditional purposes by the Solomon Islanders for many years. But is this exotic species suitable for wood turning?  In this article, we test it on various projects – a bowl, a vase – to see what sort of tools, techniques and finishes produce the best results.  How does it stack up against Aussie Redgum?  Read on to find out more.

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Title: Oak bowl
Description/caption: Mike Jones’ oak bowl
Author: Mike Jones