Vessel turned from Mexican Rosewood (Bocote) with fixed finial lid of African Blackwood

November 19, 2020

The dramatic dark figure of Mexican Rosewood (Bocote) seems perfectly complemented by African Blackwood, a member of the Rosewood family. Both are heavy, dense woods, but very different in turning character. Mexican Rosewood (actually not a true Rosewood, i.e., not a member of the family Dalbergia) is rather coarse, which does nothing to diminish the drama of its figure. African Blackwood, by contrast, is extremely fine-grained and almost oily in turning, which permits the very finest cuts to be made by turning tools. It takes a sensational finish because it is so dense.

7"h x 3" dia