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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 04-15-2008 05:43 AM 890 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve just had the interesting realization in that that pesky decorative fruit dropping tree in the back yard is made up of some sizeable pieces of wood…wood that, once it is properly dry, I can build things out of. My wife didn’t have to convince me to finally take it down this weekend….I jumped at the chance to harvest my very first wood. I think it was some kind of cherry or perhaps a decorative apple…plant biology was never my strong suit. I will take a sample of the seed/fruit to our local garden centre, they may know what it was.

It was not a large tree by any means, but I figure I can get enough boards out of it to make some nice boxes for my wife and daughter. I am unsure how long it will take to dry. I have a buddy who has a bandsaw so I will ask him if I can cut the trunks down to some more manageable drying sizes. I don’t think it is clear enough to get any veneer out of it…I guess I’ll be better able to determine that once I get the first slab off of it.

If anybody has any ideas on how to identify the tree species I’d sure appreciate the help.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 07:51 AM

If there is one thing that I have found out since starting wood working it is the most beautiful wood I personally have been lucky enough to come across is a fruit tree. I have a huge slab of Apple right now I can’t wait to use. I also have dealt with Pomegranate and a lemon tree, which were both beautiful. Never had enough for even a board in size, that’s why for me intarsia is a good way to go! LOL!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 02:27 PM

Good catch! I’m waiting now for an apple and a cedar tree to be cut down so I can salvage some wood.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 11:21 PM

You might try checking out your local library. Years ago I read a book on identifying a tree by looking at the bark and leaves.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 05:07 AM

I’ve read a little about intarsia, depending on how much wood I can salvage maybe that is an option. I am hoping to get at least enough to make my wife and daughter small boxes for their dressers.

Last summer the provincial government cleared a massive amount of trees from a riverbank bridge expansion project. I drooled over some of the beautiful timber they were removing, and worried that it would all end up in a landfill. I did a little investigating and found all the trees that I drooled over “safely” behind chain fencing, which suggested to me that someone recognized the value of what had been cut down and was stockpiling it. I am still trying to find out where all of it went as maybe I can still access some of it. Now that the snow is gone here I will have to check if it is still stockpiled there.

Yeah, the library would be a good place to start, I think I recall seeing a book on identifying wood there. I am still getting used to a small town library…the resources are pretty sparse here. I’m on the road for the next few days, maybe I can swing by a bigger library if time permits. Note to self take some photos of bark, leaves and fruit so I have something to compare the book’s info to.

It is beautiful wood, a creamy white colour with a pink tinge on some of the rings very fine grain from what I’ve seen. The fruit has a single stone so I guess my wife is right about it being a decorative cherry. Now I’m really noticing what is being taken down all over town. How much wood can you haul in the back of a minivan without completely destroying the upholstery? :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 07:21 AM

I haven’t read it, but from all accounts, it’s a good book, and hopefully be of some help:

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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