Last Updated: 12 March 2018
Looking through the Wood-Database website makes both interesting and worrying reading about exotic woods from around the world and where they sit on the endangered species list:- CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species; IUCN (international Union for Conservation of Nature.
Ebony appears on these lists and is currently a firm favourite of woodturners for producing intricate finials. However, do we need to keep chopping down these rapidly disappearing species just for finials, guitar parts and furniture inlays?
An article on the Wood-Database website called Ebony: Dark Outlook For Dark Woods? by Eric Meier discusses the subject.
Do we have to use Ebony?
He talks about the world’s high demand for the wood because of its colour and quality, quoting Bob Taylor (guitar maker) who highlights how country after country has had its Ebony forests stripped over recent centuries for sale abroad.
Eric questions why should we care and outlines the issues raised by its continual use and what the currently endangered woods are: Ceylon Ebony, Gaboon Ebony, Mun Ebony Macassar Ebony, Wenge, Peruvial Walnut. African Blackwood.
After discussing what alternatives could be used he lists the following: Katalox, Black Palm, Ipe, Purpleheart, Black Walnut, Texas Ebony, Bog Oak and any other abnormally dark woods. Should we turners do the same?
Article on this website: www.wood-database.com
Master of the Massive - Wall Art that is!
Darren Breeze graced our club in November with a demonstration that gave us an insight into how he goes about creating his fantastic pieces of wall art. A sometimes scary process considering the size of the pieces he works with and not for the faint hearted. Full details of his demonstration can be found in the November issue of our newsletter on the Information Vault page.
Darren has been turning since 2007, in that time he was won numerous awards and competitions for his outstanding work. In 2016 he won a 1st prize at Wizardry at Wood, and in 2017 applied to join the Register of Professional Turners. He was apparently inspired by Nick Agar’s work.
He may be a master of massive pieces of wall art but he is also an accomplished turner of the more traditionally recognised work. Examples of which are shown on the left.
To find out a little more about Darren visit his website: www.breezewoodturning.com.