Madrona Block Md55
1.4" x 1.4" x 12.8"
This is a matched pair of Pacific Madrone spindles. They are a light peach color with darker peach undertones, and they have some interesting features created by a juvenile branch inclusion that popped out, leaving its barky shadow. The grain swirls are very pretty around where the branch inclusion used to be. Madrona tends to have a lot of color variation throughout, and we think you will be very pleased with these spindles. The void space would be suitable for epoxy fill to make use of all of the material.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried blank, meaning that it still retains some of the original moisture from when it was a living tree. It has been well-sealed with Anchor Seal and is in the process of slowly drying. It was measured at 32% moisture content in January 2023. If you need a current moisture content, please message us so that we can check its status for you. It is common for fine cracks to open as these blanks dry, despite being sealed. If you do have a visible crack, secure it with CA glue prior to turning.
This size of spindle is useful for a range of turning, carving, or other woodworking projects. Popular projects from this size spindle: game calls, bottle stoppers, shot glasses, tool handles, knife scales, toothpick holders, drawer pulls, honey dippers, magic wands.
About the Tree
This Madrona tree lived a long and healthy life on San Juan Island, Washington. It died naturally and was harvested in the course of good forest management. It was standing a while before being harvested, so there is a bit of spalting throughout that adds to its beauty. Not all pieces have spalting, but quite a few have black-line spalting and added color from mineralization streaks.