end grains and an end grain closeup of the pieces directly above. The end grain closeup shows considerable scratch marks from my less-than-fine sanding.
turning block. When I got this, the ends were sealed and when I sanded off the sealant, there were no apparent cracks in the end grain. After less than a day later, the obvious cracks had developed, which is a sure sign of poor or incomplete drying.
end grain closeup of the piece directly above
red narra veneer
cross section of a log
plank listed as yellow narra / Pterocarpus indicus and another just listed as yellow narra
figured plank and closeup
a set of planks and some closeups --- note that some areas were moistened to show the grain better
planks from one of those vendors who just can't resist "correcting" the color until it looks nothing like the wood --- these pieces in reality probably look much like my own sample at the top of this page.
planks from the BogusColorVendor so they almost certainly have too much red in the pics
curly plank listed as "tiger stripe" narra / Pterocarpus indicus
three pieces all listed as bee's wing narra / Pterocarpus indicus. I think the bee's wing designation is a stretch for the first one and more of a stretch for the last one and just silly for the one in the middle.
both sides of a plank --- this wasn't even listed as figured, although it obviously is
both sides of a plank and two closeups --- these weren't even listed as figured, although they obviously are
both sides of a pair of planks --- these weren't even listed as figured, although they obviously are
veneer listed as narra / Pterocarpus indicua
veneer, all from the same vendor. It was not specified as "red" narra, but certainly seems to be that variety.
red narra veneer closeups that all have both levels of enlargement
listed as bee's wing veneer, this is a very light figure and to my mind much too weak to be legitimately called bee's wing
"red narra" turning stock --- I have no idea how correct the red color is as I have only seen red narra in veneer form and it is more red and less orange than these (these are all from the same vendor)
figured red narra turning stock
red narra from a different vendor than the ones directly above
red narra planks
curly red narra turning stock
both sides of a curly red narra plank
curly red narra pen blanks
scales just listed as narra, but they certainly appear to be red narra
red narra bowl blank from yet another vendor
pen barrels listed as curly red narra. I'm not positive but I think the bright red color on the first one is likely an exaggeration.
red narra bowl and regular narra bowl and an urn of curly narra with an African blackwood finial