Waveney & District Woodturners

Last Updated: 16 November 2017

Club Night with


This month our host was Tony Walton, is who a regular visitor to our club. He is a professional woodturner/artist on the Register of Professional Turners that is supported by the Worshipful Company of Turners, he is also a Member of the Association of Woodturner’s of Great Britain (serving on the committee for a number of years).

He has been turning for over 20 years, producing an amazing variety of work using a huge variety of woods. He believes that over the years woodturning has evolved from its roots as a craft to a true art.

Full story of his evening demonstration is in our October News Letter on the Information Vault page.

Check out his website: www.twwoodturning.co.uk

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