This native hardwood boasts medicinal benefits.

SHOP OWNER: Eduardo Sarmiento Hall
LOCATION: Lima, Peru

    The vase is from bloodwood and a rare wood called quina-quina. Quina-quina, which gets it's name from the South American Indians, is famous for the remedy of malaria fever. It is a relative of the quinilla (pronounced key-KNEE-Ya) tree, Manilkaria bidentata, also known as bulletwood, and has thick furrowed bark and a dark reddish wood.
    To hollow out the vase I used a spigot chuck and the Jamieson System. The neck was from a board of quina wood that I had laying around for a while so I decided to try it on the vase and it came out okay. It has a very definite red grain to it and the sapwood is very compact. Here in Peru they usually throw the white sapwood out because they donít like it.
    The finish is lacquer and wax (KIWI neutral shoe polish). The size is 5" x 8" and it is quite heavy, due to the density of the wood (does not float). Primary uses for this wood include expensive floor tile, fence posts, telephone poles, charcoal, and fuel for open cooking fires.

. . . Ed Hall



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