Interesting Wood #1: Hierloom Cypress with a Surprise

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Blog entry by SilverbackReef posted 02-27-2015 05:10 PM 1389 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I try to use local wood as much as I can. This blog series is intended to capture and share some of the more interesting items I find.

This entry covers some wood I’ve had for a few years. The wood is cypress that was grown and milled in east central Florida.

The trees were felled and the boards were milled on order for my father more than 30 years ago. My father, brother and I used it to build a fence around my parent’s 3/4 acre property. After my parents passed away the family sold the property, but not before I “repaired” a few fence boards with PT pine replacements. The boards have been waiting in my wood pile ever since.

Pulled one out the other day to plane up for a project and discovered an interesting surprise. What I believe to be Borer Wasps had chewed these amazing, near-perfect, circular channels all through the board.

There is cypress sold as ‘pecky’ that’s been chewed by insects but, as I recall, the channels are smaller.

This board is inappropriate for the project at hand but I will keep it and find an interesting use for it.

The remainder of the boards don’t appear to have nearly as much damage. Guess it’s time to start prepping another one!

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#1 posted 02-27-2015 05:37 PM

I believe it’s actually a fungus. It leaves channels that are really punky and can cleaned out with a wore brush and compressed air. I’m lucky to have been given some by my paw paw. It’s awesome stuff. Love some flat sawn cypress.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 02-27-2015 05:48 PM

For pecky, I believe you’re right.

Mine are too perfectly round for a fungus…and still have egg cases in them. Also (didn’t get a good photo), the entry and exit holes look like they’re bored for dowels….

Those drawer fronts are amazing! Thanks for the photos.

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#3 posted 02-28-2015 01:54 AM

And I was always told that bugs won’t eat cypress. That does look like wood bee damage to me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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