Thanks for all the cool comments.
Agave is very difficult to work with however, it is also the most rewarding.
It is definitely not as buoyant as a foam board.
I have not ridden the gun. It is for sale in my little showroom at the shop.
Agave plants have been given the common name "Century Plant" because of their blooming habit. The idea is that the plants live for 100 years, bloom and die. While it is true that Agave are monocarpic, meaning they bloom once and then die, few species, if any, take a full 100 years to do this. When an Agave does bloom, it sends up a large flower stalk out of the center of the plant that grows very quickly. The height of the bloom stalk is often many times higher than the plant. This often catches people by surprise when the Agave they were growing in their garden for years, suddenly and rapidly goes through this transformation. This is often when they try to identify and learn more about their plant.
I harvest this wood directly from my yard.
It is that stalk that I craft my boards from.
I have ridden this fish for several years. Boards 140.jpg
Barry Snyder http://barrysnyderdesigns.com
Chiefly Mexican, agaves are also native to the southern and western United States and central and tropical South America. They are succulents with a large rosette of thick, fleshy leaves, each ending generally in a sharp point and with a spiny margin; the stout stem is usually short, the leaves apparently springing from the root. Along with plants from the related genus Yucca, various Agave species are popular ornamental plants.
Because this plant is an succulent.(Meaning it is mostly comprised of water) it has to dry out before woodworking can begin. This can take a year or more. Because of all this moisture, mold forms inside the stalk. That is what causes the Grey colors in the grains.