A Hidden Beauty-Chinaberry

The Chinaberry tree.  It is native to Asia, but has been planted in the United states for years as a shade and ornamental tree.  It has freely escaped its cultivation and to some considered a nuisance tree.  Chinaberry is the only tree in North America that is in the Mahogany family.  These two bowls are about 5 inches in diameter.  They have been highlighted with a small torch which makes the beautiful grain more vivid.  At the right angle the wood is almost translucent.  I really like to work with chinaberry as the results are very rewarding.

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