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    Senior Member Anton's Avatar
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    Mark - thanks, didn't know this makes a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
    Muddy color and dull figure comes from using the wrong stabilizers.
    K&G uses a different formula with Koa than what is used for maple and other woods.
    Any Koa I have ever sent to them for stabilizing has always come back with an improved appearance.
    I can attest to that...as i seem to have bought half of it lol

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    Couple of cons - price and availability. Otherwise a great wood, stabilized or not.


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    off the topic stuff

    as exotic as koa and harder than desert ironwood, try some of our aussie ringed gidgee, courtesy of mark :P Wonder why Mark is not stocking this anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkjames View Post
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    as exotic as koa and harder than desert ironwood, try some of our aussie ringed gidgee, courtesy of mark :P Wonder why Mark is not stocking this anymore?
    I have been trying to get another batch of Ringed Gidgee with this quality figure for over a year now.
    The guy I got this stuff from was the only one who was ever able to provide the great figure without checks and cracks.
    I guess I had better try to get in touch with him again because I love this stuff.
    It even smells good when you sand it. Kind of a nutty aroma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkjames View Post
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    as exotic as koa and harder than desert ironwood, try some of our aussie ringed gidgee, courtesy of mark :P Wonder why Mark is not stocking this anymore?
    A problem with the gidgee is that it darkens very fast and the figure becomes barely visible. Great wood to work, good weight and density, polishes well, but expose it to water and air, and it becomes a dark block. I personally would not use it again.


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    I handled a Bowie knife at a local show recently with a ringed Gidgee handle, it was much darker than in this pic, but the figure was still visible, I really liked it.
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    Like ironwood there can be a lot of variations in the coloring.
    It can oxidize and darken a bit if you don't apply a waterproof finish.
    Another bad thing to do with gidgee is power buffing. Smears the figure and muddies the coloring.
    Takes a different method than other dense woods but those who have worked things out are getting spectacular results that last.
    MS Russ Andrews gets really good results with his method of finishing gidgee.
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    i actually like the more subtle, darker ones

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    Yeah, but what does Master Smith Russ Andrews know?
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