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Burl Source
01-21-2013, 07:14 PM
I just had a package arrive with some red and black palm.
It can be cut different ways to give different looks.
I took some photos just in case anyone was curious.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p001.jpg

I marked a couple pieces to cut at an angle to show the eyes.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p002.jpg

If you cut straight across at a right angle it weakens the blocks. I cut these at a sharp diagonal to maintain as much of the strength of the grain as I could and still show the eyes.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p003.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p004.jpg

Here I have cut up one of the black palm pieces.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p005.jpg

A lot of waste cutting this way.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p006.jpg

But I think the look is worth the waste.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p007.jpg

When I get this stabilized it gets a bit darker.
This is my favorite type of black palm. When the light hits the dots from an angle they light up like small golden eyes.

kalaeb
01-21-2013, 07:16 PM
Lol, where was this a few weeks ago. J/K looks good.

Burl Source
01-21-2013, 08:10 PM
On the red palm I decided to make the angle a bit closer to the direction of the grain.
I did this for 2 reasons. 1 to add more strength, and 2 to make the faced look more like elongated dots instead of small ones.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p008.jpg

I am hoping the grain will show a bit more contrast after it gets stabilized.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p009.jpg

Now a piece of black palm I am cutting for wa handles.
This plank is lighter on one side.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p010.jpg

I marked a diagonal and am hoping for a 2 tone look with the blocks.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p011.jpg

Worked out good.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p012.jpg

This look has been popular in the past using the dark area at the spine and the light area at the belly of the handle.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/1212/p013.jpg