Bought some turning blanks at auction this week. Auctioneers claimed it was laburnum, but the bark was totally wrong. Turns out it was false Acacia (also referred to as Robinia). Having trimmed off the split ends and cut out some infested parts of one piece , I sealed the ends and added the pieces to my woodstore. Feels pretty dry, so may give some of it a go on the lathe in the not too distant future!
Had a great day out in Newport, Gwent last Saturday, visiting the Open Day at Isca Woodcrafts with other members of the UK Workshop forum.
Plenty of turners, carvers, stick makers, chainsaw millers and carvers on hand with lots for sale and may knowledgeable people to talk to. Bought some excellent bowl turning timber (red mallee, bubinga and padauk) and ordered a walking stick with the head of our lurcher as the top from John Poole. A good fish and chip lunch at a nearby hostelry just the ticket to restore energy levels for another walk around before heading home. A 90 mile drive each way but well worth the journey for the company and meeting new people in the woodturning fraternity.