Newsletter 17th April 2013

The Village Turners. lnfo for U3A members. April 17th 2013.

By Stan Knowles

Here are some interesting woods to turn and also some dangerous ones that need care when turning.

Palmyra, a tall palm tree from Sri Lanka. Comes in small square blanks, is almost black with white speckles. When turning use eye protection as minute needle sharp splinters are produced. The final results are stunning. Limited supplies at Lincolnshire woodcraft.

Laburnum. A lot of people don't realise that all parts of this tree are extremely poisonous, in particular the bark and fruit. Use a mask and wash your hands after use. Do not turn articles which will be in contact with food or young children, don't let your pet chew on the scraps of the wood. But it is lovely to turn with care.

Yew. Another poisonous wood, but treat the same way as Laburnum. It is a wonderful wood to turn and finish with a very close grain structure.

Mopani. Usually comes in small square blanks, very dark brown and hard, with close grain. Fantastic results can be obtained.

It is worth a visit to Lincolnshire Woodcraft at Stamford to see what is available. Some timbers like Ebony and lndian Rose wood are now becoming very expensive. Pink lvory has always been one of the most expensive woods. ln fact most of the exotic timbers are pricey, but the results can be very rewarding for that special turning.

Don't use the sanding sealer on all woods; it is OK on softer and porous timber, but not on some of the more dense close grain hardwoods.

Pau Amarello, a yellow wood which turns a golden colour after turning. A dense wood, good to turn and finish. Comes in round blanks and boards.

Paduak, A deep red beautiful wood, easy to turn and finish, requires wearing a mask and can cause health problems, this wood is banned within the club.


That's all until next week. Stan.