I've got a 10"x10"x3" block of parallam that I've been hoarding for awhile. I haven't yet figured out what I want to turn from it. I saw a couple of bowls turned from it a couple of years ago and thought they were pretty interesting. When I chatted with the fellow that turned them he graciously offered me the blank to play with. Now that I have a shop again you guys have piqued my curiosity about parallam again so I might just have to mount that blank and see what it turns into.
Leo, I hadn't thought about the voids. The piece I have has no visible voids on the outside of the blank. In my own ignorance I had assumed that it was formed under so much pressure that there would be few, if any, voids. As for dulling the tools, it couldn't be any worse than purpleheart, could it?
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.