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BLUE MAHOE

Hibiscus elatus

Hibiscus elatus of the family Malvaceae. This wood takes on a wide range of colors including blue, purple, brown, yellowish green and reddish brown-gray

I have never seen this wood offered as veneer



my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of blue mahoe / Hibiscus elatus --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


two small planks contributed to the site by Funktionhouse, whom I thank for this and other contributions. The first pic is the raw wood with a definite green patina on the heartwood and a fairly strong golden tint on the sapwood. The second pic is after I sanded them down, and the greenish color is reduced to a greenish tint on a faded purple color wood.


end grain of the two pieces directly above


end grain closeups from the pieces directly above --- note that the color is washed out in these pics because I use bright light for closeups and I could not get the to color-correct back to a more true color


one of the end grain shots and an END GRAIN UPDATE of it.


side grain closeups from the pieces directly above --- note that the color is washed out in these pics because I use bright light for closeups and I could not get the to color-correct back to a more true color


face grain closeups, both from the 2nd piece above. EXTREME closeup are present --- note that the color is washed out in these pics because I use bright light for closeups and I could not get the to color-correct back to a more true color.



web pics:


log ends and a just split log


limb-sized cookies






The pics in this section were contributed to the site by Funktionhouse, who milled these after cutting them in Florida


Two slabs, shot under different lighting (the pair was shot in the shade and the individuals were shot in sunlight)


closeup of a wormy section


slabs

end Functionhouse pics








planks


planks and closeup


planks and closeup


freshly milled planks


pen blanks showing a nice array of colors


dining set


guitar body


bracelets showing some of the color variation of this wood


vase, still on the lathe when this pic was taken and moistened with water for the pic and then the same vase later; note how the colors have faded since since it was fresh turned.


vase


turning listed as a vase, but I'd be more likely to call it a hollow form


hollow form