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Old 11-27-2006, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default Green Colored wood

I just did some more inlayed small wooden boxes (pictures to be posted soon)
On one I did a rose inlay and thought it would be nice to have a stem in a naturally green wood. I have tried the green parts of poplar in some intarsia but that has turned brown after I put the Bartleys gel varnish on it.
I thought about food coloring or dye but was afraid that would come off in the sanding process.

Any ideas.
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Rolf,
Don't know if this would help you or not, but Dymondwood is available in all sorts of colors including green. While not a "natural" wood is is made from wood and is available from places that carry turning supplies. This is one source.
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Default staining and clear coating.

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If your worried about the color come off from the sanding, why not stain and clear coat after the sanding.
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Mac,

I can't stain after the fact because I am doing inlays and have to sand them flush after assembly. If I was doing Intarsia then that would work for me becuse I could do all of the sanding beforhand.

Jedi,

I may have to try some of that dymond wood. I think that would make for some very interesting inlays.
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if you use tung oil, the green of the poplar will stay around alot longer.
I also use canary wood, green heart and staghorn sumac.
canarywood looks for yellowy brown, but when it has a finish on it, it's a similar grean to poplar, but has strands of other colors mixed in. Makes great grass.
Green heart is a very dark green and when it has a finish, it's super dark green, almost to black.
Staghorn Sumac is a light olive green and becomes a dark olive green when finished. If you look at my newest picture "pixie harvest", the leaves are all sumac, and the stems are poplar.
sometimes you can find Zircote that is green.
Jamaican green mahoe is a tough find, but it's a nice medium green with a soft tone.
I think Hackberry is a light green similar to poplar.
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There is also an exotic hardwood...let me check...here it is...Kathy Wise used it on her Intarsia Ornaments in the Holiday issue...Lignavitae vera....it gets more and more green as it ages.

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There is also an exotic hardwood...let me check...here it is...Kathy Wise used it on her Intarsia Ornaments in the Holiday issue...Lignavitae vera....it gets more and more green as it ages.

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Bob, thanks for that, i too am looking for a wood that stays green. tell me . is Lignavitae vera a hard wood or a soft wood. and were do you find it. never heard of that. but thanks from me. also does it change in the finishing? thanks. Evie
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Thanks Bob I will try to find some after the holidays. I think its too late for this season.
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I haven't used it yet myself...I'm just passing on what Kathy Wise wrote in her article. If you look at the Duck's hat in her Intarsia Ornaments article, that is LV...and she applied a clear gel varnish to it...and she said it gets darker over time.

It's an exotic hardwood, so you do need to wear your dust mask when cutting it!

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Lately I have been wearing the dust mask all of the time and last night I also had the earmuffs on ( I have to get a pair with music.)
I should get my wife to take a picture when I have all of the gear on.
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