LumberJocks

wood gloat-yellow cedar burl

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by JuniorJoiner posted 03-24-2011 01:25 AM 5440 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a very busy few weeks. lots of travel and time away , so not much time in the shop, and little success when I was there.
So, when I did get home two days ago, I was happy to have a message regarding some wood I have been searching for.
I designed a jewelery cabinet for my wife, which I will eventually build, that I really wanted to use birds eye yellow cedar on the interior.
So, after one more long drive, and sorting through a back country barn, I arrived home with my long sought after birds eye burl.

Yellow cedar is fairly scarce, so the burls are hard to come by, couple that with a voracious woodturning community that thinks turning these pretty burls into piles of shavings and a bowl is art, and you get the idea why I have been wanting a useable yellow cedar burl for a few years.
My reason for wanting to cut veneer of this burl for a cabinet interior is for the scent. A pungent smell , reminiscent of pot, adds to the experience of a piece of hand crafted furniture. the birds eyes of the burl have more of the oil that gives the scent.
I also picked a different type of yellow cedar burl, called a horsetail burl, they do not have eyes, or concentrated scent, but interesting swirling tight grain patters. I’m sure I will find something to use them for.

So, now my excuse for not making the jewelery cabinet is gone, I need to get building.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.



8 comments so far

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13347 posts in 2422 days


#1 posted 03-24-2011 03:18 AM

Nice gloat!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View Hacksaw007's profile

Hacksaw007

597 posts in 1938 days


#2 posted 03-24-2011 03:20 AM

Looks like a wood adventure waiting for you to turn…. Thanks for sharing.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

View matt garcia's profile

matt garcia

1835 posts in 2420 days


#3 posted 03-24-2011 03:48 AM

I can’t resist a good wood gloat!! Nice gloat!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

5309 posts in 1546 days


#4 posted 03-24-2011 04:16 AM

Good one neighbor. All the way from Cowichan Bay. I do love that Yellow Cedar aroma.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

View Vasko's profile

Vasko

271 posts in 1435 days


#5 posted 03-24-2011 06:26 AM

LOL – I love that he knows it smells like pot, or did I misread that? ; )

Looking forward to seeing the project when you get to it!

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

5309 posts in 1546 days


#6 posted 03-24-2011 03:54 PM

I never thought that it smelled like pot. To me it smells like a boatyard.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

View JuniorJoiner's profile

JuniorJoiner

451 posts in 2189 days


#7 posted 03-24-2011 06:53 PM

yeah, those wonderful west coast boatyards.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

View johnthebiker's profile

johnthebiker

5 posts in 618 days


#8 posted 04-13-2013 05:30 PM

Lovely wood.

I find your comments about woodturners a bit off-target. You do lose a lot of material when turning esp. bowls. That’s why I’ve held onto these two pieces given by a friend to me some years back.

I wanted to make something beautiful and thrifty with this rare material.

There are two of these burls blanks, both around 11” across and 2” thick. One has a “bubbly” look to it and the other is unlike anything else I have ever seen. It has so tiny bark inclusions in it, it actually looks more like Bird’s Eye maple. The one uder them is a mere cedar burl

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase