Thursday, August 02, 2007

Cocobolo Wood Cable Needle

My husband made me this beauty - a Cocobolo Wood Cable Needle! Cocobolo is a type of Rosewood, and it is my favorite wood for needles. Alas, I have never seen them in circulars.
This needle was made without using a lathe (a machine in which work is rotated about a horizontal axis and shaped by a fixed tool). He used just a woodworking saw, knife and sandpaper. The glossy finish was achieved by polishing it with felt.
It was magical to observe how the wood revealed its intricate grain!

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