Package from Australia

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Burl Source, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Burl Source

    Burl Source

    Dec 7, 2008
    About 5 minutes ago this showed up.
    Looks like I will spend today sanding and taking photos.
    These are some of Australia's best knife handle woods. The pieces are so well figured I won't even try to describe them. A few different woods all similar to ironwood in density.

    OOOOOOH Baby! This feels like Christmas time.

    Here is a bad photo.
  2. Burl Source

    Burl Source

    Dec 7, 2008
    I thought the blocks felt pretty heavy so I weighed one of the smaller ones.
    The block is 5&1/2" long x 1&3/4" x 1&3/8" Weighed over 1/2 pound.
  3. marekz


    Jun 16, 2008
    hey Mark can you name a few of them!!--marekz
  4. J. Rosa

    J. Rosa

    Mar 19, 2007
    Yes, names please. They look great.
  5. Kraze


    Nov 3, 2009
    I cant wait to see these blocks Mark! Get to sanding buddy!
  6. Burl Source

    Burl Source

    Dec 7, 2008
    Most of the blocks are amazingly figured desert ringed gidgees. Some red gum, yellow mallee root, red mallee, belah, needlewood and rosewood.
    Here is a better shot of some of the gidgees after sanding. Flash makes the colors lighter than they really are though.
  7. J. Rosa

    J. Rosa

    Mar 19, 2007
    Nice. Need to get some of that if posted. Middle row each end looking perfect!
  8. Burl Source

    Burl Source

    Dec 7, 2008
    Couple more photos after sanding

    Now I need to take measurements, photos and price these guys.
  9. marekz


    Jun 16, 2008
    pm sent- what are the yellow ones at the ends of the last pic on top of the gidgee--marekz
  10. Burl Source

    Burl Source

    Dec 7, 2008
    Those are yellow mallee root.
    PM sent.
  11. Tiiiiiiiim


    Jun 11, 2010
    Makes me proud to be an Australian :D


    Dec 1, 2008
    A nice selection Mark, they will all make amazing handles. You should see Bruces rifle stock blanks made of Ringed Gidgee, just stunning but i wouldn't want to carry them around all day.:) Glad it is all working out for you, cheers.
  13. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I'll send you some Dutch oak and beech if you send me some nice stuff :D
    Just joking: beautifull stuff there!
  14. forex


    Jun 15, 2006
    Yeah mate, that mallee is a really nice timber; extremely pretty and tough to boot. Ringed gidgee is about the toughest wood out as well. I have some nice big slabs of brown mallee sittin in my shed begging to be bowie handles.

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