I didn’t realize there was going to be a Part 2 to the story, but we’ve got major wood drama! Stop the presses!

I asked a pen turner friend to make me a pen out of a chunk of cocobolo burl. When he began slicing it up, he grew suspicious and sent off a sample to a Dendrologist at an SEC university. The scientist did his thing, doing cellular analysis, burn tests, and other mystical incantations, and concluded that the wood is definitely NOT cocobolo burl. He believes it is actually dalbergia cochinchinensis, sometimes called Siamese Rosewood, Thailand Rosewood, Tracwood, or Flamewood.  It’s much harder to determine species with a piece of burl, since the grain patterns in burl are totally different than they are in traditional wood.

The dendrologist also reported that this wood is significantly more rare than cocobolo burl… one of the rarest species in the world, in fact. If you do a google search and can actually find a picture of albergia cochinchinensis burl, I’d love to see it. There’s just not much out there on the interwebs about it.

I will say that the pen is STUNNING. It has a unique, three-dimensional depth in the wood that I’ve never seen before. Sort of a swirling iridescence. These pictures don’t do it justice.

Looking forward to seeing how some of these other pen blanks turn out:

These are going to be really special pens...

These are going to be really special pens…


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1 comment

  1. CostiReply

    Although I don’t have a lot of jewellery (and the most enivxspee, okay, only enivxspee, pieces I have never leave my ring finger) this post sparked my imagination. I certainly don’t need (or have room) for an armoire. I have several jewellery boxes, but they “hide” things away. I’ve started a handy collection of interesting necklaces, to offset a rather plain wardrobe ;-)So, on the weekend I made myself a very simple necklace hanger.Two lengths of dowels about 5 inches long (need to remake it a a little longer), which hang about 6 or 7 inches apart. I used cuphooks and lightweight brass chain to link them, and create a hanger on the top.On the top length 3 or 4 cup hooks screwed into the front face; on the bottom one, 3 or 4 cup hooks screwed to the underneath (slightly offset from the top ones). It just hangs on a picture hook on the wall next the dresser. It’s not fancy but it’s been very handy this week.

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