Silver Birch Brushes

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22547692_1713632698668677_1203208504_n.jpg 22538199_1713633065335307_221208956_n.jpg 22547515_1713633082001972_613447830_n.jpg 22523822_1713633488668598_2063781136_n.jpg 22686916_1720308491334431_1143377867_n.jpg 22709850_1720312834667330_1278519313_n.jpg 22885768_185791498636193_7241848375340665303_n.jpg 22886179_185791535302856_8269162071302395649_n.jpg 23163599_1733938706638076_1605482842_n.jpg 23032414_186588341889842_3018112045732628161_n.jpg I bought a lathe and started turning and found that I enjoyed it, from candle holders to ring holders and then started practicing with pine and some wood that i had cut down from a few years ago. I wasn't really getting anywhere until i put more money into better chisels and a chuck. Took a trip to a local shop that specializes in imported wood and found that was nicer to turn than what I had been using so these are the results so far
 
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Lovely stuff for sure.

I dabble in guitars and it's good to see some of my favourite woods from that side of things in the shaving world. Some of them like the Cocobolo are supposed to be pretty nasty for the lungs so I hope you're taking precautions!
Yeah its surprising how toxic some of the wood dust can be, I have 3M filtration mask and when sanding make sure the dust extraction is on, I have Cocobolo that i haven't turned yet, I want some Bocote and Chamfuta to turn next, would love to get some blue Mahoe wood but its costly and hard to get.
 
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Yeah its surprising how toxic some of the wood dust can be, I have 3M filtration mask and when sanding make sure the dust extraction is on, I have Cocobolo that i haven't turned yet, I want some Bocote and Chamfuta to turn next, would love to get some blue Mahoe wood but its costly and hard to get.
Good to hear you are using a 3M mask! On a guitar forum I frequent, one of the users who's a luthier was hospitalised after using Pau Ferro and my repair chap had to stop making guitars all together after continued exposure to ebony and rosewoods!

Blue Mahoe is something I've not come across before, a very beautiful wood for sure.

Lovely brushes though. I really like the look of the Zebrawood ones the most (I presume the ones under the pictures of the wood blanks are Zebrawood?)
 
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Good to hear you are using a 3M mask! On a guitar forum I frequent, one of the users who's a luthier was hospitalised after using Pau Ferro and my repair chap had to stop making guitars all together after continued exposure to ebony and rosewoods!

Blue Mahoe is something I've not come across before, a very beautiful wood for sure.

Lovely brushes though. I really like the look of the Zebrawood ones the most (I presume the ones under the pictures of the wood blanks are Zebrawood?)
You are quite correct that is the Zebra wood brush that I use, luckily I got the mask from work along with a face shield, the wood blank on the far left in the box is spalted beech from Dark Hedges which is used in Game of Thrones it is very toxic due to the spores in the wood.
 
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