Made with wood from the Cypress tree Taxodium distichum also known as Bald Cypress. Native to the Southern US the bald name comes from its winter appearance. Cypress is a conifer that is deciduous, dropping its needle like leaves in fall. There is a sharp distinction of the growth rings with amber color alternating with creamy white. This distinctive beauty in the grain is why I use Cypress. The wood is highly resinous, it takes weeks for the first coats of varnish to dry. Once the initial varnish dries, so I can rub it out, the final coats make the grain look stunning. I only go to the trouble of varnishing it for spindle whorls. When I do the results are always spectacular. Otherwise it gets a simpler oil varnish blend finish that dries normally for a subtle pretty striped appearance.
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