Wood

How to make woodturning blanks from a log

What are woodturning blanks? A woodturning blank is a stock of wood that has been prepared and dimensioned to form multiple objects on a lathe. A woodturning blank is shaped into any cylindrical or round object. How do you turn logs into blanks?         Start by cutting logs into turning blanks. That limits potential checking and…

Carving Locust Wood

Locust wood is a type of wood that has a very interesting look, feel and smell. This wood is very light and not very durable. Locust is a very popular choice among people who want easy to carve wood. The locust tree’s linear leaves are often confused with those of the cholla cactus, but the…

Carving Lilac Wood | A Smart Guy’s Guide

I have been looking for a good way of carving lilac wood since my grandpa passed away several years ago. I have always been fascinated by wood and the process of carving. The first time I tried to carve lilac wood I was confident that I had cut the first slice.  I had chiseled away…

Carving Eucalyptus Wood | The Ins and Outs of It

Eucalyptus is a unique and beautiful wood. It has an exciting texture and takes on so many different looks because of the unique way it grows. And the unique way it alters the way it reacts to chemical and physical changes. It is a fascinating wood, and we will be producing a tutorial on how…

Carving Rhododendron Wood | With Great Examples

Thinking of carving rhododendron wood. If you’re a woodworker, you’re probably pretty familiar with the various types of wood. However, you may not be sure what kind of wood something is made of. Take rhododendron wood, for example. I’ve seen it on various woodworking projects I’ve done, but one can get confused when they get…

Hardwoods (angiosperms) | What Every Woodworker Should Know

Every woodworker will have used hardwoods (angiosperms) for some projects. It is a type of wood that has very high strength and usually comes from broad-leaved trees. We will look at some of the most common and not-so-common hardwoods. Abachi (Triplochiton scleroxylon)  Abachi is a tree of the genus Triplochiton of the Malvaceae family. It is…