This is a very pretty acorn shaped box made out of Red Tip Photinia (Photinia x fraseri) with Greenheart (Chlorocardium rodiei) cap. Photinia is a great timber, comparable to european boxwood, but with a warmer tone. These shrubs never grow very big and is oftem use as hedges around here. The "red tipped" refers to the bright red new growths this species produce. This is one of my favorite wood for turning. I always keep an eye out for them while driving around the neighborhood, just in case someone threw a pile out for recycle. On the other hand, Greenheart is one wild thing from South America, definitely not as innocent as it sounds, being both toxic and explosive. As a log dries, it builds up so much internal stress that it has a tendency to shatter suddendly and violently sending pieces of wood flying. While nontoxic and nonirritating to the touch, if one gets a splinter from this wood, the wound will invariably festers (no, I haven't tested that out, but it doesn't hurt to believe in this case). Troublemaker as it is, Greenheart has its desirable qualities: extremely rot-resistant, hard, dense, takes a nice polish. It also exhibits an unique olive green tint with random black streaks.
A nice box for your valuables. The screw-on cap ensures that your content is secured, good for jewelry, keepsake... Through the ages, people has given out acorns as a symbol of prosperity and luck. This one is a unique gift.
Dimension (largest diameter x height): 2" x 2-1/2"
-- All wood turned items were hand made and/or hand threaded on a lathe. Hardwood threaded inserts were used for woods that do not accept threading well.
-- The item was sanded to 1200 grid for a mirror finish and sealed with a food-safe varnish, if applicable. For hard, fine grained wood with a natural shine, only wax and oil was applied.
-- Each piece offered is a unique item. The design may be repeated but the dimension and wood combination, and or decorative accent will be different
-- Artist signature and catalog number will be inscribed on the item
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