Every piece of box elder I have turned has eventually faded, usually after
about 2 years. I do know one turner who claims it keeps its color it its
winter cut and finished with polyurethane but can't prove or disprove that.
I've heard of some tracing over the red areas with red ink but I don't know
how natural that looks. Hard to reproduce the different shades of red.
> At the Pasadena Symposium I attended a session of Binh Pho where he stated
> that the red flame will eventually turn to brown or gray. I recently
> purchased some box elder with beautiful flame color thinking it was
> permanent, especially if kept out of a sunny area. Does anyone have
> differing information or is Binh correct? Gray or brown doesn't sound very
> exciting. If the answer is yes, I must advise customers making box elder
> bowl purchases of this change. This will probably cause some loss of sales
> but that is the way it goes. Anyone with input on this subject please
> respond. Thank you........ Ralph