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The Banksia plant is only found in the southwest corner of western Australia. Woodturners throughout the world value Banksia pods for making ornamental objects. This natural sunflower pattern comes from the center of a Banksia Pod. Once we cut into the cone shaped seed palms, the beautiful sunflower pattern emerges.
Black Palm wood
Black Palm wood is found in Asia and Africa. Being a monocot, endgrain characteristics are non-typical when compared to more familiar hardwood dicots. Black Palm has a uniform distribution of black fibers embedded in a softer yellow/brown body of parenchyma. This non endangered exotic wood resembles animal print when we cut it against the grain. From a distance it can appear black, but the value lies in the detail of a closer, more intimate view.
Bloodwood is indigenous to South America. Bloodwood is bright, vivid red and extremely dense. Its color can often darken to a darker brownish red over time with exposure to light giving the finished product a high level of chatoyancy. Though it poses some challenges in working characteristics, its hardness, strength, and coloration make this a crimson favorite.
Brass is an alloy made of copper and zince, it is used for decoration for its bright gold like appearance. All of our brass features hand copper riveting in which a short copper pin is inserted then pounded into a smooth, headless finish creating contrast and to ensure strength and durability.
Copper is a trace element and more valuable compared to brass. Copper has been well accepted for its reported healing properties and its role in defending our bodies against infection. As an antioxidant, it seeks out damaging particles in the body. Also like the brass, it features hand silver riveting. Where a short silver pin is inserted then pounded into a smooth, headless finish creating contrast and to ensure strength and durability.
Ebony is a dense black wood, found in southern India and western Africa. Ebony is the Greek word for “fruit of the gods”. Historically drinking goblets were made from its wood, as they believed it was an antidote for poison, and its use would ward off their enemy’s evil intent. Colors range from the most pure black, but can have an occasional chocolate brown seam. We finish it to a beautiful sheen, with limited effort.
Elk antler is foraged annually from Washington State. In the spring, the elk will shed their antlers on a friends property, his dog will then find & collect them. Another favorite because the material is obtained renewably and also for its beautiful value of color and ability to be polished smooth.
All fossils featured are genuine including teeth from both the Megladon shark, Mackerel shark & Wooley Mammoth ivory. The Megladon shark lived in the Miocene/ Pliocene era approximately 12 million years ago. Sourced in the southern US. The Mackerel shark estimated at 50 million years old, these teeth are dug from the phosphate pits of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Woolly Mammoth ivory, sourced in Siberia, is estimated to be 100,000 years old.
We source our reclaimed wine barrels from an Oregon Winery. Aging wine in oak barrels will produce a smoother, rounder, and more vanilla flavored wine. It also increases wine’s exposure to oxygen while it ages, which decreases tannin and helps the wine reach its optimal fruitiness. Once the wine is removed, generally the barrel is then dismantled and discarded. We got our hands on these French Oak Cabernet & Pinot Noir wine barrels and utilized the natural stain of the wine on the French oak wood.
Purple Heart wood is found from Mexico down to southern Brazil. It is another exotic dark wood that changes with exposure to sunlight. We take advantage of the woods ability to lighten in the sun by letting it soak on bright days, giving it its bright & vivid coloring.
Sterling silver is of the highest quality, a type of tarnish resistant alloy to avoid imperfections with use. Like the other metals, the pieces feature hand copper riveting in which a short copper pin is inserted then pounded into a smooth, headless finish creating contrast and to ensure strength and durability.
Several tropical American palms are know to produce hard ivory like nuts. The Piassaba Palm is native to Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela. The nuts fall from the tree encased in a smooth shell. The shell is cracked and the casing is sanded away. When refined, this type of vegetable ivory resembles fossilized dinosaur eggs. The Tagua palm (found in Ecuador) produces ivory nuts that are sun-dried for 4 to 6 months before they can be worked with. These nuts have the same density and texture as elephant ivory but are completely organic and sustainable.