Australian #1 Macrocarpa birdseye - Stabilized blue, green, purple and red PEN blanks- Sold singly
Australian #1 Macrocarpa birdseye - Stabilised blue, green, purple and red PEN blanks
Blanks size of approx. 21mm square x 130mm long
Blank weight of approx. 5gr
Please select the number of blanks you want otherwise, the blanks supplied will be in descending alphabetical order as per availability
This wood was sourced from a large Macrocarpa tree, and known as Golden Cypress, only a couple of kilometers out of town.
These large tree species were introduced to Australia by our Settlers from the 1800's, as some of the best "wind breakers" and also a symbol of "wealth", according to the European traditions where, rich people would have these trees planted alongside the access road to their property, and close to the house.
This tree and about a dozen of them planted in this particular area near some old buildings, were estimated at 80 odd years old at the time I and my wife cut it (2006) due to root structure failure (rot) with half of it, been root out by a windy storm, some years prior.
Very stable wood, lightweight and light colours however, the root is more colourful and grainy and the wood above ground, can display some small areas with lots of small birdseye (tiny knots) resembling the birdseye Huon Pine.
The wood has a characteristic pleasant smell that becomes more active when the wood is worked on.
The decision to stabilize these blanks, was not so much because the wood was too soft, not at all, the wood is quite workable in its natural stage however, some latest tests made with dyed blue stabilizing resin, have resulted in some very attractive blanks where, the birdseyes pop-up with colour was added, the tests were done with red and blue but I found the blue to be better suited...!
As a result, the stabilized blanks are now treated and therefore stronger and easier to turn with the added fact that, the wood can be turned and sanded smooth to achieve the natural look, where no other finishes are necessary but suitable to any king of finish product that you may prefer...!
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