Honduras Rosewood Burl

(Dalbergia stevensonii)

 
I was introduced to this beautiful burl by Nancy R. Koerner through her website: Junglepixiebelize Honduras Rosewood Burl and her FaceBook page: The Real Raw Honduras Rosewood Burl Page.

I acquired a new respect for this wood after reading the following articles:
Honduras Rosewood: The World's Most Trafficked Wildlife Product
Burning of Illegal Rosewood: Symbolic Sacrifice or Heinous Act?

Nancy has also recently created a Junglepixiebelize Cuemaker's Page that will cater to cuemakers!!

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Follow the path of one spectacular piece of HRB as it is transformed from its rough sawn state to usable components in a working pool cue. Please bear with me as building a cue takes time & I wanted to document this in real time.  If I have problems, you will see it here.  If not, somebody will have a chance at an exceptional cue. I hope I can do this rare commodity the justice it deserves.

All thumbnails can be clicked to view a much larger version of each picture.


This is the piece as received.


Cut into forearm & buttsleeve lengths


Corners cut off for easier turning.
I was a bit nervous about some minor checking at the corners but when sawing the corners off, there were no loose chunks or fragments that broke off.  The checking was apparently a non-issue.


Turned & coated with sealer.
Again, I was concerned about turning this burl - or any burl, for that matter.  This is not stabilized but because the burl is hard & solid (with a nice tone), I think the stabilizing medium would have a difficult time penetrating this burl.  As with the previous operation, there were no issues.


Buttsleeve bored for handle tenon & forearm gun drilled & bored for a step core.  The core has glue grooves machined in it to allow the epoxy to "lock" the HRB and core together.
Coring this was a big test but it passed with flying colors.  No chip-outs, no problems.


Here's a closer look at the grooves cut into the core.


Core trial fitted and ready for assembly!


Assembled & taper roughed in.  The colors really pop when first cut but
quickly settle down as you can see in the following sequence.

   
core turned to size, register diameter cut & chamfer applied

   
threads cut & trim ring installed


joint collar in place

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