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Who wants some NZ timber turning blanks?

Discussion in 'Wood Carving & Turning' started by KiwiBro, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. KiwiBro

    KiwiBro Hold my beer and film this...

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    Am not sure how we could go about doing this (pyhtosanitary requirements, etc of exporting/importing timbers) but NZ does have some quite lovely native timbers that I'm sure other woodworkers around the world would appreciate also.

    I've got quite a few blocks of quite lovely timber here at the mo', so if anyone is interested, please let me know. I'm thinking, but certainly not limited to, pen blanks might be a good, easy start to learn if we are allowed to send this stuff out of the country.

    If anyone is interested, you could google images of timbers like Rimu, Kauri, Totara, Matai, Pohutukawa, Puriri. I have these in my racks looking for special projects.

    Here's some figured Rimu, for example:
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    Jim Timber 1/4 bubble off

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    That'd make lovely pistol grips, or a rifle stock.
     
  3. KiwiBro

    KiwiBro Hold my beer and film this...

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    Sure would. If only the blocks were long enough. Alas, they are just small bits.
     
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    Lovely figure. Reminds me of "waterfall bubinga" from africa, $20 range per b/ft in large table size slabs. The logs that are exported to europe are around 6 foot or more diameter. The size is what makes the phyhtosanitary economical IMHO. The price is from what I recall from a couple years ago when I thought I''d have a large enough room to make one of those 14 foot long by 4 foot wide tables to show off.:ices_rofl: I've gotten over that sillyness. That you for showing something I would not know of other wise:clap:
     
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    KiwiBro Hold my beer and film this...

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    Thanks. Makes sense if fumigating to do a whole container or more at a time. I would have to ask but I was wondering if a declaration the wood had been kiln dried would meet the phyto' needs. I guess would have to be kilned at a certified facility and not our domestic oven :)

    Have been working on these native timbers this morning. I was given two sacks of wood shorts by a friends parents recently. They have just sold the family farm and cleared out all sheds on the property. The sacks were from three generations ago and I thought it might be nice to make some jewellery boxes and give them back to my mates and their family so each of the extended family can always have a little piece of the farm that none of them are happy about having (bank said sell or we sell it) to sell.

    I haven't sanded and you can still see the snipe my hopeless thicknesser leaves in it - I am looking for a new thicknesser. Couldn't resist throwing some oil on the wood. From left to right is:
    Kahikatea (with borer - it and Kauri are especially prone to attack), Totara, Matai, Rimu, Kauri

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    Was straightening and cleaning up some rough sawn 2x4 studs removed from a house demolition recently. Lots of ugly, twisted, bent, knotty studs of various NZ species. Hopeless to straighten but they usually contain the most interesting, albeit unstable, wood. Here's a chunk I cut off a Kauri stud before straightening. Nice depth to the grain. Something Kauri is known for.
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