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Bruce Kamp
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Wood Bleaching
Mar 3rd, 2016 at 8:30pm
 
I want to make a red and white segmented bowl. I have done a couple so far, one using maple and the other using ash for the lighter colored wood. However, this time I want to see if I can find a whiter wood. My thinking was that maybe I could bleach either maple or ash to get a color closer to white. Any thoughts on this.
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Re: Wood Bleaching
Reply #1 - Mar 4th, 2016 at 9:57am
 
If you want a really white wood.... try Holly. If you do find some and turn it, you may want to be sure to use a finish like lacquer, as most finishes like varnish will darken it or change its color a lot.
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Reply #2 - Mar 4th, 2016 at 3:54pm
 
I don't know how far into the wood the effect of the bleach will go, but I imagine that if you turned it from bleached blocks you'd cut back into unbleached wood somewhere.
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Re: Wood Bleaching
Reply #3 - Mar 9th, 2016 at 1:36pm
 
Bleaching depth would be measured in a few thousandths.  Not really practical to use before turning.  Perhaps some carefully harvested and prepared holly would give you a whiter look.
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Re: Wood Bleaching
Reply #4 - Apr 23rd, 2016 at 8:17pm
 
I have tried to find holly near me, Chicago area, but the hardwood places say it is too hard to get.
My dilemma is that,as you see the image of the bowl above. I have used padauk and maple. Using an oil based finish gives the padauk a nice red color vs orange but it also yellows the maple. I may be asking for the impossible because I want the red but I also want the white of natural maple.
I cannot find blood wood near me either.
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Re: Wood Bleaching
Reply #5 - Apr 26th, 2016 at 9:32am
 
Exposed to the sun, over time, your padauk will turn almost black
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Reply #6 - Apr 30th, 2016 at 8:52am
 
A good place with white Holly is Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register . They also have a store on Ebay. I bought a 1" thick piece from them a while ago for finials and it was about the whitest I've used. But your definitely going to pay the price for it though.
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