#88: Lemonwood

Bird number: 121
Date: December 1, 2012
Wood: Lemonwood (probably Calycophyllum candidissimum)
Source: Woodcraft

By now, I should know better than to trust common names. There are three different trees commonly called “lemonwood.” The only one for which I can find reliable lumber photos is Calcophyllum candidissimum, a South American tree. Those pictures do closely resemble the wood that I made this bird from, so I’ll go with that.

Whatever it is, it sure does look nice.

The wood was medium hard and cut quite well, with no tendency to burn. I knew when I bought the wood that it would look nice, but it finished up much better than I expected. That blemish on the left side of the head adds a really nice touch.

I hope to get another sample of it at some point. But it’s too expensive to buy. Lovely stuff, and a pleasure to carve.