Are you referring to Hop Hornbeam, or Desert Ironwood?. . .I've always wondered what a ironwood root knob would be like?!
always heard and wondered about Malacca. From what I've been reading lately it's simply a type of rattan that's been stained or otherwise darkened and rattan is very available! You can buy a 6foot staff through pretty much any Martial arts supply source.I would love to get my hands on a few. Blackthorn is one of them.
I also like the looks of the fruit stems of date palms and would love to find a source of Malacca. A lot of antique canes were made from it.
A nice ebony shank would be nice as well.
I would also like to play with some more exotic materials for handles. Mammoth ivory is one example. If I find a large enough piece of jade I'll carve a handle from it. I love the antique ones out there.
I'm sure there are plenty of other materials I'm not thinking of at the moment.
Butternut is a good carving wood. I have used it for years. It holds detail and finishes very nice. take shallow cuts carving when going against the grain. It can chip out in larger pieces than you want.Our local wood turners club has a wood raffle every meeting to help raise funds for the club. I won a nice large block of what I think is butternut last night. It's not labeled but another similar piece next to it was. I've never worked with it so I'm excited to try it.
Beautiful woods . Thanks for sharing the site alador. I have a friend who had his desk top made from a slab of old growth California redwood that was pulled out of a lake. He sad the tree was here more than 900 years a go. .Blackthorn is of course high on my list (I have one growing but it's only 2 ft tall so,,gonna be a while)
But my dream is to get a piece of reclaimed Kauri wood from New Zealand, said to be as much as 50,000 years old. This is a link to the Ancient Wood web site. Expensive stuff!
I've made half a dozen for family, of eastern red cedar. My younger brother lives in the boonies of east Texas. He's driving up in early March, and plans to bring some dried and cracked wood up with him. Hopefully, a few will be workable. If they're too aged and gray, I won't have the benefit of the great color contrast between sapwood and heartwood at the knots.I will keep my request simple. Wood i would like to make/carve a walking stick from. I have not used western red cedar or walnut though I intend to remedy the walnut soon as I have several pieces of black walnut drying in the garage.
I agree with CV3 butternut is good carving wood and makes for a very striking finished piece with eye popping grain.