|Big Monk Lumber Company
Fancy Stuff For Woodturners
Borassus flabellifer - this comes from Southeast Asia and certainly earns it's name as an
exotic, although some question it being called a wood. These trees grow huge, but the
middles are usually rotted and what we have left is a layer of wood around the edges
under the bark. It looks like a bunch of dark pine needles in cocoa powder. Splinters
easily and is prone to chipping out and does not hold fine detail. Okay, so why bother?
Well, it's always fun to tackle a challenge, and the end results with these have been good
sellers for me at craft shows. There is a great difference in the look of the end grain and
the side grain and it can be dramatic to try and show both of these in a turning. Good luck!
A few photos showing the unusual spotted end grain and the
contrasting side grain. (HH)