•hursday, July 18, 2013...
•y wood lathe has been up and running for about four months now, and I am
reviving my skills, and turning artisan and practical pieces from some of the
beautiful Panamanian wood that I have acquired. I am offering my work for
sale at the local expat "farmer's market" (the Tuesday Morning BCP Market),
and expect to have. I will post some pictures of my new work soon.
•fter selling - and buying exotic wood at a Northern California Woodcraft
store for five years, it is a real joy live in Panama - a country where many of
those exotic hardwoods grow. So far I have acquired some kira (a litghter
color, highly figured variant of granadillo), zobrillo (jobillo), macano
amarillo, marmon chino, algorrobo, guyacan (ipe), almendra, cedro rojo,
spalted and curly figured eucalyptus rojo, nisporo, purpleheart (nazareno)
coffee wood, and even some small pieces of cocobolo, a true rosewood. of
the Dalbergia genus.
•'ve organized a "Boquete Woodworkers" club and we've started to hold
informal meetings about once a month. It's all sharing an interest in
woodorking and helping each other with issues ranging from tool and supply
vendors and wood sources to dealing with the challenges of a tropical
climate and a lack of resources for tools and supplies as compared to
first-world countries. I'm amazed by the talent and quality of the work of
some of the people who've done some amazing work with cabinetry,
built-ins and furniture.
•This site will be revised over the next few months to reflect the focus on the
beauty of Panama - my new home.)
David van Harn's portal to the beauty of the highland tropical
rainforests of western Panama, and fine woodworking.
David van Harn
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama