Does anyone have any experience with Canarywood?

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 01-31-2008 12:04 AM 1933 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I am in California (where I grew up) I thought I would go to some of the wood suppliers
I used to go to.

My first stop was Lane Stanton Vance. They had a small lot section. I got there to find it missing.
Lucky for me they just moved it to another location.

I was just looking to see what they had since I couldn’t take any of back to Texas with me
on the plane. But I fould something that blew me away. Some 4ft pieces of Canarywood.
Now I have seen Canarywood before and wasn’t too impressed but this stuff was amazing!
Streaks of red, gold, yellow, orange, purple. in the most amazing patterns. I almost soiled myself.
Well, I asked they if they would ship it to Texas. They would so I bought 17bf Two pieces about 14 wide.

I will post some pictures when I get home.

My question is anyone knows if it will lose all it’s color? Does the sun effect it?
I know that Paduk, and Peroba Rosa lose most of their bright colors so I hope
it doesn’t happen to my Canarywood.

But even if it did, just the patterns would make it worth it.

Friday I will be going to another of my favorites in Carlsbad. I will take some pictures for you guys.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 01-31-2008 12:18 AM

Canarywood is relatively easy to work with cutting sanding etc… I am at work now…but i will send you a photo of a nice bench I made using canary and purple heart. It holds up well but I think it tends to darken over time since my wife commented on it just the other day (a year later). I used a simple clear danish oil finish on it. I like the wood but I know that the price has went up (here in Colorado) in the last year.
I’ll try and upload it tonight when I get home.


-- Doc Hanson

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#2 posted 01-31-2008 01:22 AM

Sorry Gary no canarywood down under but as a general rule exposing any wood to sunlight should be avoided.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 01-31-2008 05:20 AM

I’ve only used it to make bottle stoppers.
Turns really nice, polishes well.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 01-31-2008 06:12 AM

Gary, I’ve used canary wood a couple of times on segmented turnings, to my knowlege the pieces are still as colorful as when completed.

-- woodturners keep things spinning.

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#5 posted 01-31-2008 06:25 AM

if you haven’t noticed hobbit house the internet, check out this link

a lot of info on hardwoods, including canary

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 04:32 PM

When I lived in California there was a tree across the street that was full of escaped Canary’s. Noisy litte buggers. I don’t guess that helps much….sorry.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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