Laburnum Wood

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Project by John posted 10-08-2015 06:25 AM 1878 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These pieces were made from some Laburnum cleared from a friends yard. A box, a few bowls, and a small plate for rings, ear rings, maybe a watch, on the night stand (the plate was a request). All are around 4” in diameter. I like the wood colours and hardness. The tree is poisonous, but I didn’t eat any so I’m okay.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 10-08-2015 06:31 AM

Beatiful wood. I really like your bowls.

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#2 posted 10-08-2015 08:24 AM

John, gorgeous work. Laburnum: Isn’t that the other name for Lignum Vitae? Hard as a rock, I hear.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 10-08-2015 04:40 PM

Thanks GUR. I will try a project like your wood box someday. Turning something on the lathe and then carving some designs on it.

Thanks Mark. This wood is hard but I don’t think it’s Lignum, Laburnum is grown in yards around here as an ornamental tree, they don’t get very big, and they are also called Golden Chain because of their clusters of yellow flowers. I saw a picture of Lignum with purple flowers. The wood looks identical though. I used to hear of Lignum when working as a millwright, it was used in bearings, but I never came across it.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 10-08-2015 06:44 PM

Lovely timber & very nice turning John, well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 10-13-2015 04:17 AM

If the tree is poisonous, did you have to do anything special to make sure that removal of the poisons and toxins from the wood are complete? It’ a scary thought to think that it might affect people and all that. Just make sure you don’t put edible things in there too I guess?

-- Marcio Wilges @

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#6 posted 10-13-2015 04:52 AM

Hi Marcio, the wood didn’t concern me at all. I read up on it and it sounds like the flower seeds are sometimes eaten by children, which can have an effect on them. I’ve never heard of it happening. I hope I get a larger piece someday, it really is nice wood. I only buy wrapped candies for any bowls, just seems like a good idea.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 01-21-2016 02:26 AM

That is a beautiful box!

-- Sean Hollick ~

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