Pele's Fire

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In Hawaii if you think volcano, you have to learn the story of Pele, not a character that you want to mess with! She’s red hot and so is this wood.

This wood is narra. I’ve been told that it is highly prized in the Philippines, which wouldn’t surprise me. It has a wonderful aroma, almost like a rosewood, and enough oil that it just shines once you joint it.
This is a box of drawers. I made to show off that piece of wood that I cut up for the drawer fronts.

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 02:14 AM

very nice work …welcome to lj’s

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 02:15 AM

Beautiful wood selection! Narra is from Australia I believe. I’ve done one or two boxes with it and it is a very easy wood to use and finishes ver well, as you have shown. I like the wooden pulls. They blend in but still have a little contrast to the drawer-front.

Well done!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 02:24 AM

Nice to see you made the drawers from one board with perfect grain match..It’s that attention to detail which sets the great from the ordinary !! Great job.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 02:24 AM

First things first, Sorry I didn’t get a chance to wecome you to Lumber Jocks. WELCOME…... I love your design for the chest and the wood is spectacular! Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 02:55 AM


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#6 posted 08-10-2009 02:57 AM

Far out!! Really beautiful and expressive.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 08-10-2009 04:50 AM

Beautiful…Will you marry me?
Both of these new posts are great.
They are nicely nicely balanced, you obviously have an eye for the beauty of the figure in the woods that you choose.
Welcome to a great community.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#8 posted 08-10-2009 04:53 AM

Unique chest great design beautiful wood.


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#9 posted 08-10-2009 05:34 AM

Beautiful design and gorgeous wood. I’ve never heard of nor seen narra before. Thank you for the introduction to such a beautiful wood in such a lovely chest of drawers. Might i congratulate you on your first Lumberjocks contest and award! Welcome to LJs’.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#11 posted 08-10-2009 06:21 PM

and show it off it does. Love it.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#12 posted 08-10-2009 09:28 PM

cathy, you have done a great job in displaying the beauty of this wood…i continue to be amazed at the diffrent kinds of wood that continue to come forth….ive been waiting for more of your work since you posted the bench…..i wasnt disapointed.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 08-11-2009 05:37 AM

Beautiful job! Love that grain! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 08-11-2009 03:03 PM

Fantastic work, cathyb! I really like the character on this!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#15 posted 08-13-2009 02:44 AM

Just stunning !!!!
Beautiful wood and grain choice, you are truly an artist and craftswomen to be admired.

I love the rest of your work as well, please keep posting, you are an inspiration.

and BTW, a big welcome to LJ’s, the most addictive site on the internet.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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