Originally Posted by castorpollux
The fresh brand-new rosewood rosaries have a great scent, but it didn't make me go "wow". It's nice enough though.
It's a combo thing for me. The scent, the bead factor, and the wood factor. My family has a geneitc tendancy to collect and be obsessive about it. My father was a contractor and then a teacher of shop. He was Obsessive with a capital 'O.' He did trees, Walnut trees to be precise. On 300 acres, I imagine he has 2000 walnut seedlings, well, young trees now. The diameter growth of many "babies" are recorded each year in notebook, to see if fertilizer helps in the long run.
He liked to work with walnut burl, and his basement is OMG filled with planks and gun stock blanks aging away. He spent years hanging around a lumber mill as a hobby, watching the walnut timber being cut. When the burl in a tree showed up to his satisfaction, he signaled for a two inch cut and bought that plank, one at a time. All our furniture, he made, and beautifully, of walnut burl.
Heh, heh, he's had a stroke now, and is not quite as territorial (he's fine, just realizing mortality.) I bet I could talk him out of a piece and make my own burl beads, with the right machine.