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    I've been asked if I can do some personalisation on Hemu wood (must confess to never having heard of it) or redwood

    I thought redwood would be too dark to pyrograph on but what about the Hemu wood. Anyone have any views?

    Any help gratefully received
    Many thanks
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  • #2
    Hi.

    Hemu is timber from the 'Gugar Tree'. Tends to be used for making brush handles / boxes and small bits & pieces like that. Certainly paler than Redwood, but has a distinct grain so may not be easy to pyrograph.

    Given a choice I would use Birch, Sycamore, or Holly.

    Hope this helps a little. Good luck.

    PS - Wrong spelling, should be 'Guger Tree' if you want to google it.
    Last edited by TePe; 14-08-2009, 08:03 AM. Reason: wrong spelling
    regards

    Tam "now a hobby woodturner"


    There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. (John Ruskin 1819-1900)

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    • #3
      I'd ask for a sample, and try it. Also make sure the items are not oiiled, waxed or varnished...

      Also, although I haven't heard of these woods being toxic when burnt, I guess it's a possibility you should research - some woods are.
      Cheers,
      Scorch

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