Thierry from New Caledonia traded three beautiful "Tree Of Life" forks and a block of sandalwood against a Panther. He calls the wood "Gaiac", which makes perfect sense.
I think I got the far better deal here. This wood is very hard (three times harder than oak), dense and heavy, with buttery yellow sapwood and a very dark core. I selected the one I wanted to start working on.
Cut the rough outline on the band saw.
Rasp work done.
File work done.You can see the yellow sap wood emerging.
Sanded, wetted, resanded, lightly oiled with clear oil, and buffed up with car chrome polish
Here you can see it in comparison with European dogwood
A small slingshot (just the way I like it) that fits my hand very well.