What do you think of this dyed wood?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Cushing H., Jun 27, 2020 at 11:18 AM.

  1. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    Agreed. I also like the natural better (and I have about 20 blocks of the stuff. :). ).
    Interesting .. I had used some dyed buckeye burl which was beautiful ... but the dye penetrated that in a totally different way. K&G indicated little experience with dying cherry burl, hence the single block experiment.
     
  2. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    True enough William! On this one I honestly just kept going back and forth between “that dye pattern looks kind of cool” versus “that just looks kind of dirty”. I guess I’ll keep it around and occasionally offer it to someone. :)
     
  3. Randydb

    Randydb Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 27, 2014
    I have the odd piece like that...it's funny but eventually someone decides that is what resonates with them and some of them look much better than I thought they would.
     
  4. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    When I first started seeing dyed woods years back I was kind of turned off. Now certain ones I really like. Maybe cause lots of my customers do? Anyhoo. I did do one a while back where the scales finished just looked dirty or muddy was the term I used. Still it sold, so somebody liked it.
     
  5. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Coming to the party a bit late, but wanted to mention that almost all dyed wood looks far different once shaped and sanded, especially burl.
     
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  6. Randydb

    Randydb Basic Member Basic Member

    901
    Sep 27, 2014
    Now you have me curious cushing. Sand that to 180 and splash some water or poly on it and lets see what it might look like....
     
  7. weo

    weo KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 21, 2014
    Ohh...I thought it was already sanded to 800....but was that before stabilizing? If so, then I agree, you won't really get an idea what it'll look like after dyeing/stabilizing unless you sand it a bit (but I would probably go to 400g).
     
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  8. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    It came back from k&g that way. Looks like sanded to 600 or 800. It IS stabilized. I can certainly put some water on it...
     
  9. Spalted

    Spalted My name is Britt Askew I like making knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    964
    Dec 9, 2010
    I havnt posted my pictures yet of the experiment soaking stabilized wood in dye but the piece I had left in the dye for a week was only dyed on the surface (kinda surprised me) and if the knife saw a lot of use the color would wear off is what I think will happen.
     
  10. weo

    weo KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 21, 2014
    If you haven't done anything to it, you should sand it to remove all the excess resin and dust from their process before making an opinion on how it looks.
     
  11. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    Lol ... I guess I was not clear. On my request k&g sectioned the block, sanded it, and polished it. We were both interested in the extent of dye penetration to the middle of the block, and wanted to verify (they have not done much dying of cherry burl). What you are looking at is a sanded and polished surface through The midplane of the block
     
  12. weo

    weo KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 21, 2014
    Ok, got it. I didn't know they would do that.
     
  13. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    It seems they can be really accommodating. I called and asked about dying the burl .. and they said “I don’t know”. I said “how about I include one test block that you can section”. They said “sure, just include the written request in the incoming box”. :)
     
  14. Randydb

    Randydb Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 27, 2014
    I thought that was just a rough piece. Hmmm....that looks different than I expected it too. It could be a cool accent on a handle.
     
  15. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    Yeah. What was interesting to me is that the dye appeared to penetrate in small fingers .. but it did penetrate all the way. Different, but kind of interesting
     
  16. Spyke

    Spyke

    63
    Jun 18, 2003
    Looking forward to seeing how this turns out on a finished knife. I have a bunch of cherry burl I was planning on getting stabilized but didn't really know what the outcome would look like.
     

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