Wamara (Guyana Rosewood)

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Project by JoeyG posted 05-23-2012 08:13 PM 7154 views 6 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this at the lumberyard and liked it. It was both a joy and a nightmare to work with. The wood is very dense and dulled the knives on my planer and jointer. Once it was together it was fun to sculpt and sanded like a dream.
As you can see the wood is two toned. I don’t think it’s sap wood, it’s almost like two completely different woods. While the darker wood is typical of many rosewoods with it’s rich color and smooth finish, the yellow wood reminds me of bamboo for some reason.

I think I will pick up some more of this my next trip to the lumberyard. I think I will have them surface it though. LOL.

They handle and miter keys are made from curly maple and padauk.
Thanks for taking a look.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 05-23-2012 08:21 PM

Very exotic…

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#2 posted 05-23-2012 08:33 PM

That is a really cool looking box Joey. Looks like you are having more fun with your sculpting. I have Never seen wamara wood before. It is really unique and sure has a pretty grain. Finding really different wood types is one of the fun things about woodworking…like finding natures hidden treasures.

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 08:42 PM

Absolutely gorgeous contrasting colors! Beautiful!!

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#4 posted 05-23-2012 09:03 PM


-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#5 posted 05-23-2012 09:13 PM

I impressed! Both with the wood and your craftsmanship. Fine job Joey!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 09:19 PM

Joey, that is absolutely beautiful. Not only the sculpting but the wood speaks for itself.

I would definitely get more of that.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 05-23-2012 09:48 PM

Thanks everyone.

@Greg, I try to get a wood I have never worked with every time I go to the lumberyard.

There are so many subtle colors in this wood that I couldn’t capture it in a photograph. I recommend it highly.

I bought the at Steve Wall Lumber. I got it a couple of months ago, so I am not sure that they still have any, but I will be looking the next time I visit them.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 05-23-2012 09:51 PM

beautifully sculpted box Joey, great lumberyard find too.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 05-23-2012 10:04 PM

That is one beautiful box!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 05-23-2012 10:05 PM

I have one short piece of this left. I also have a Wenge box that needs a lid. I feel the light bulb beginning to flicker. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 05-23-2012 10:05 PM

You could get a pretty penny for this!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 05-23-2012 10:06 PM

That is beautiful! You chose a perfect form for the wood and blended it well with the maple! Brilliant!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#13 posted 05-23-2012 10:07 PM

Thanks Nate. My wife says the maple handle looks like lips. LOL.. I started to call this one hot lips but I didn’t want to distract from the Wamara.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#14 posted 05-23-2012 10:11 PM

@ Cozmo, I doubt I am asking enough but I think it’s priced right for the small art show I am in the beginning of next month. I guess I will find out if it sells fast. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#15 posted 05-23-2012 10:37 PM

Exceptionally done!

Beautiful woods and a very nice job!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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