Turning Archive 2008

Subject:
Turning blanks

Michael Brady
>I'm a bit of a newb when it comes to buying exotic wood blanks for turning. I have purchased some blanks that are covered completely with a heavy layer of wax. Upon resawing the blanks for use I have discovered several disconcerting things:

1. checks in the wood that run all the way through making it almost useless for turning
2. the wood is different in appearance after resawing than it appeared under the wax. Example: Indonesian rosewood looked great in the store, but actually was similar to black walnut after sawing and had rather ugly large pores. Some nice walnut would have been much better.

These were purchased at the usual wood woorking store such as Woodcraft and Rockler. Are there some sources for nice wood that won't deceive you with the wax treatment?

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