This candlestick is a "go for broke" work of art that contains examples of all of the rosewoods in my studio, some so rare now that they are essentially unobtainable. The 12 species of rosewood come from Mexico (cocobolo and camatillo, Central America (the two Honduran rosewoods), Brazil (tulipwood, kingwood, and Brazilian rosewood), Asia, (East Indian rosewood and flamewood), and Africa (African blackwood, Madagascar rosewood, and palisander).
See how I made this candlestick below. To view more of the finished candlestick, and to purchase, see: http://www.andurildesigns.com/elizabeth
The crown of Brazilian tulipwood and African blackwood on the lathe ready to turn
Slow motion of the turning of the crown
The completed crown
The eight rosewood pieces for the base. Clockwise from the top: flamewood, Madagascar rosewood, camatillo, palisander, Brazilian tulipwood, Honduran rosewood, Honduran rosewood burl (a different species), and Brazilian kingwood.
The components of the candlestick including the Brazilian rosewood twist
The base of an exquisite piece of cocobolo showing the amazing variegated colors of this wood
The eight rosewood segments glued together with holly separators
The construction of the holly ring on the base piece of cocobolo
The six pieces of East Indian rosewood that will be glued together to make the separator between the base and twist
The base mounted in the lathe ready to turn
The completed base
Shellac has been applied to part of the Brazilian rosewood twist and the African blackwood in the crown so the oily colors will not bleed through the polyurethane coats that will be applied above the shellac
Shellac being applied to the Brazilian rosewood twist