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Blog entry by JuniorJoiner posted 1246 days ago 4867 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.



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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1246 days ago

Nice gloat!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Hacksaw007

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#2 posted 1246 days ago

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

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matt garcia

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#3 posted 1246 days ago

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

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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shipwright

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#4 posted 1246 days ago

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/

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Vasko

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#5 posted 1246 days ago

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 -

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shipwright

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#6 posted 1245 days ago

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/

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JuniorJoiner

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#7 posted 1245 days ago

yeah, those wonderful west coast boatyards.

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

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johnthebiker

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#8 posted 494 days ago

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

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