Materials Used in Ornamental Turning
Mopane / Mopani


Picture courtesy Eric Spatt

Ornamentally Turned Objects

This is an excellent wood for ornamental turning, though it is less used as it has natural beauty, and the ornamentation could easily become gaudy.

It is quite hard (Janka hardness = 15,060 N), so expect to resharpen often. That hardness enables it to hold shapes very well. It has a natural beauty, but in a simple kind of way that allows for the ornamental turning cuts to show well.

Ornamental Turning Notes

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More information is in The Wood Database.

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