Well in advance of my kayak build, I decided to make use of an interesting sample of wood given me by a friend, who once owned a woodworking factory. I turned two carring toggles on my lathe. Talk about starting at the end!
Now the interesting part: Bonnie claims that the sample was salvaged from one of the U.S.S. Constitution refits! She said it was teak, and while it has the weight, density, and tool-murdering properties of teak, but the color really looks like rosewood to me. I can't think of where rosewood might have been used in the ship, except perhaps for some kind of fancywork in the Cabin. Does any variety of teak have a reddish color?
I hope its authentic, because it would be really exciting to have a bit of Old Ironsides in my kayak!