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Old 07-17-2014, 10:03 PM
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Default Tropical woods?

I have a friend that wants me to do a 5 year anniversary plaque for his wife and wants it to be tropical themed, my question to you in the know is what tropical woods carve well? He wants a palm tree on it somewhere so where can I get a good 3d relief for that?
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:14 PM
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Donnie...
Here is a good site that I have used a lot when I was doing woodworking: https://www.bellforestproducts.com/

They will have what you need and the workability info to go along with the wood. Both Eric and Boone are very knowledgeable. Tell them I said hello.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:19 PM
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Vector art3D has several palm tree reliefs that might work.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:11 AM
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You probably mean exotic.
Most exotics machine well, can't really think of one off the top of my head that doesn't.
Probably do well to think more about grain and tone ,,, Zebrawood for instance is great for some projects, but the grain is just a bit too busy for others - Same for bocote. Wenge is another, machines great but may be too dark to offer proper contrast with a 3D [or 2d] object.
Padauk and purple heart are both nice, both are pretty much grain neutral and not too overpowering with tone.
Both and more are readily available if you have a rocklers or woodcraft nearby.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:02 AM
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Five years anniversary, maybe it could still be "erotic wood"
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Larry ........... now THAT'S hilarious!
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:12 AM
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I have had fairly good success carving IPE (mostly used for decking) - the only bad part is the fact that it's twice as dense and twice as hard as oak so it's HARD on tools.

Also, as with most woods that have a definite linear grain structure, certain part of the carving are susceptible to damage by cracking along the grain - not that IPE is any worse than the others.

We carved several commemorative plaques using IPE. The stuff is indestructible in the elements and can stay outdoors with no protective finish for decades.

It has a beautiful color and grain pattern and becomes extremely rich looking when rubbed with tung or linseed oil.

I wish I had kept photos of some of the pieces we have done.
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:27 AM
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Thanks for the replies and all the info. Like the link Gary, didn't know there were so many choices! I am thinking about olive for this one.

Speedy when my friend ask me to do this project and told me the fifth anniversary was wood I kind of raised an eyebrow and he just told me to not go there in a joking manner of coarse!
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Thanks for the replies and all the info. Like the link Gary, didn't know there were so many choices! I am thinking about olive for this one.

Speedy when my friend ask me to do this project and told me the fifth anniversary was wood I kind of raised an eyebrow and he just told me to not go there in a joking manner of coarse!
That would be 'coarse'!!

Olive is a beautiful wood. Bamboo would be a cool tropical wood to work with as well.

While plaques are nice, they are even better when incorporated into something, like a small jewelry box. Gives more use to a beautiful present.
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Donnie...
I used to purchase a lot of wood from them when I was in N. MI, mostly 100 bdft+ quantities. They also were able to supply presized blanks for wholesale cribbage boards from curly or tiger maple. They allow an online user to see photos of the actual board they will receive prior to purchase, which seemed rare to me.
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