Wood Turning & Fine Craft Tools by Cynthia D. Haney, Spindle Maker
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. Shop using filters if desired.