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Wood IDs #7: Found Eucalyptus tree in LA - part 2 of 3

03-25-2009 08:13 AM by Gary Fixler | 5 comments »

In part 1, I found a Euc in an LA neighborhood, went back under cover of ninja darkness around midnight, spent 3 hours cutting it up and hauling it home in 2 trips, and detailed what I ended up with. In this part, I cut up some of the bigger logs, look under the bark a bit more, and brush away boring bug excrement to reveal some more beautiful patterning underneath. The trails seen here are caused by Eucalyptus Longhorned Borer larvae, several of which I found while digging under the bark,...

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Wood IDs #6: Found Eucalyptus tree in LA - part 1 of 3

03-24-2009 12:49 PM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

I went out for a walk from work late in the day last week sometime, through a neighborhood I’d not explored. At its end, I encountered a fallen gum tree, and as probably seems the right response to many in here, was overcome with joy. It had obviously been down for a while. These LA people sure don’t understand what treasure there is to be had in their trash. I determined to come back for it at night… sometime. Uncharacteristically for timid ol’ me, I went back...

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Killing or Preventing Wood Boring Beetles

03-21-2009 07:42 PM by mmh | 13 comments »

I’d like to hear your input on how to kill or prevent wood boring beetles in lumber. When I receive wood, especially green, if I’m storing this indoors, I make sure to remove the bark and inspect for signs of wood boring insects. When I received a shipment of Texas Ebony, upon my request it was milled and had been liberally doused with an insecticide prior to shipment. I removed the bark and most of the sapwood to reveal grubs still alive. I removed as much tainted wood as p...

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