Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Central New York
I had completely forgotten about it until I saw woodsman mention that he had done a bowl of it, but the first bowl I ever turned was bloodwood. I didn't even start on pine or other scraps to play with, I just jumped right in with an exotic. I THOUGHT it was a bit difficult to turn and was afraid a lot of woods would be like that. I was happy to find that I had started with a much tougher one than average. I was also using cheap tools which didn't help.
The bowl is a bit clunky because I didn't trust the wood or myself enough to try for a thinner wall.
Just for grins, I took it down from its shelf and did a new pic and, as you can see, the red is still there but it has darkened more than I remembered. I haven't even looked at this bowl in several years, so much of the darkening may have happened since the last time I paid it any attention. It has several thick coats of UV-protecting polyurethane. I think its about 12 years old, but I'm not really sure, and it has been exposed to indirect sunlight for all that time.
During considerably less time and with the same finish and with equal exposure to indirect sunlight, I have had osage orange go from brilliant yellow to a nice, but much darker, brownish gold, and I've had some padauk (although not all) go from bright orangish red to a deep brownish red (and some even to a reddish brown), so this one didn't fare too badly.
The colors in both the old and new pics are very accurate.