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A friend came back from Mexico with a chunk of Mexican Parota. I was stumped for a birthday gift for my mom's 70th because she doesn't need or want anything. I decided to use the Mexican Parota to make a Wood Whisperer clock. I used birch for the turned dowels, splines and the central part that holds the clock. Finished with Shelac and then a top coat of wipe on Poly. Not completely dry when the photo was taken but needed to grab the shots before the party.

Parota is an interesting wood to work with. I'd love to hear your experiences if you have used it for a project. Dust mask is a must because it burns like chilli peppers if you inhale any of the dust. I had to keep the mask on as well as vac and ventilation system on high the whole time I was working with it.

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If I remember correctly, it is in the rosewood family. I get the same reaction when I use it to include my skin burning from the ressons in the wood. All that said I can't get enough out of the rosewoods such beautiful wood. Great Clock project.
 

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Nice clock I hope your Mom liked it. By the way nice joinery I will be using it in my project in progress.
 

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It is a very nice clock. Does the center part swivel?
 

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Thanks for the comments, yes it swivels on the dowels.
 

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Took a small amount to make the clock. I'm thinking of a nice box to really showcase the grain for the next project.
 

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Wow, that really is a nice piece of wood. No wonder you guys were drooling over it. I need a napkin . . .
 

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After looking at the wide board of Parota, I agree with you Jim, you need to make more than 3" wide of it to really show its beautiful grain. I guess it is kind of very hard-wood.
Thanks for adding the pic of raw parota.

Have a good day and enjoy making things from this wood.
 
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