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#1 Batakali

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 08:50 PM

This may have been asked before but... Is there any particular type of wood that you have always wanted to use? For me it would have to be blackthorn! And I've always wondered what a ironwood root knob would be like?!
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Posted 25 January 2017 - 02:14 AM

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.

Rodney


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 12:51 AM

. . .I've always wondered what a ironwood root knob would be like?!

 

Are you referring to Hop Hornbeam, or Desert Ironwood?



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 12:58 AM

Hornbeam. I've seen eskrima sticks and walking shafts but never a root knob. Don't think my tools can handle it!

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 01:07 AM

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.
Rodney

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.

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 09:32 AM

Thank you.  That's something to look into.

Rodney



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 10:00 AM

Blackthorn is good for shanks, the hardest part is finding it the right dia and long enough as it tends to grow in short lengths between bends, the main advantage I have is that it is a prolific hedging plant bordering farmland here and is plentiful within a  15 min walk from my home.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:39 PM

I don't know about NY, but in Virginia Hornbeam is everywhere. If you know what it looks like, it stands out in the winter.



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:49 PM

Don't believe I've ever seen it.

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:08 PM

I join the blackthorn want to be's. I have always wanted to use it in a stick. And Flame boxwood elder. I wood like to do a handle with that. I have made som carving kife handles from it.

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