Well, for the purpose of " ooooaaaah " Widgee, followed by Gidgee. VERY
beautiful for fine work, boxes, even made some filing trays out of it. Very
very pretty wood and works well.
In dark woods, I like Mahogany, and Walnut, in that order.
In light woods, Maple, birch, ash.
Redwood for some (mostly outdoor) stuff.
Personally, I'm underwhelmed by oak, pine (and cousins), and cherry.
If only one wood was available, life would be damn depressing. I'd be
like an artist being asked which color/brush would he pick for the rest
of his life(that'd be the last straw before downing the bottle of
I really like honey-locust. It's harder than oak, has beautiful
figure and color, and is available here in ohiya almost anywhere you
See for yourself:
That said, I would probably shoot myself after the 10th project.
Walnut or koa. Teak, mahogany and the rosewoods are nice too.
What it *wouldn't* be is oak. Now, I like oak - especially white - for
its features but I roundly dislike its appearance...too coarse.
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Mahogany. Works extremely easily with sharp hand tools
(pares beautifullly!) and/or sharp power tools, looks
wonderful and warm when finished - truly The King of
Woods. Must've been a joy to work with Cuban mahogany.
(who, as a kid, could buy a dugout canoe (actually called
a cayuco) in mahogany for a buck a foot. That's 20-22"
wide, 14 - 18 inches deep - with 3/4 inch hull thickness.
Was great growing up in the Panama Canal Zone - now
just Panama. They made houses out of mahogany!)
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