Bocote & Gunmetal Set

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Project by nickel posted 12-17-2012 08:00 AM 869 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The pen set was crafted from Bocote wood imported from the South America. The wood has an average density. The color of the wood is generally a yellow to tan with dark brown to black stripes running through it. It can closely resemble Zebrawood. The set was finished with an acrylic that was polished to a high gloss. The set was assembled using gunmetal. Notice the beautiful eye on the pencil. i turned the pen down to about a 1/4in and sanded the remaining pen blank down to avoid another “incident”.

Cordia spp.

Common Name(s): Bocote

Distribution: Cordia spp.

Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

Color/Appearance: Has a yellowish brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Color tends to darken with age. Also, the grain patterning can be quite striking, particularly on Flatsawn areas. It’s not uncommon to see many “eyes” and other figuring in Bocote: though unlike knots, they do not seem to present any special challenges in machining.

Grain/Texture: Typically medium to small pores, with a medium texture and a naturally oily/waxy feel. The grain on most decorative pieces is usually figured in some way, and also tends to be interlocked; though pieces with plain and straight grain can also be found.

Workability: Some species may contain silica that will dull cutters. On the whole, Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results. Although Bocote has a fairly high amount of natural oils present, gluing is usually problem-free. Bocote also turns and finishes well.

Odor: Bocote has a moderate scent when being worked that resembles soap or dill pickles.

-- -Nickel Risk

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 07:43 PM

I love how the wood pops out with this one!

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 07:44 PM

Cool set with extra cool wood.

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