here is a couple pics of that chinese hardwood I brought back from my trip to beijing last month. I got it for free in a lumber yard from a group of young adults selling cheap construction lumber in bulk. They laughed when I picked it up off the ground and asked how much. To them it was trash wood, but I was beaming as I walked away with my …uh..beam… yeah… But this is like the hardest wood in my shop, harder than the oaks, eucalyptus, hickory, you name it. Even the black...
All wood was harvested from Central MD. This first picture the wood virtually has no bark, more like a skin. The wood appears quite white and very dense. The outside of the tree has ridges and grooves that look almost serpent-like. The second picture has wood with a sharp flakey bark and the wood coloration is cherry like. The third picture wood has thin very textured bark and the wood is quite dense and smooth. If it weren’t for the contrasting colors of the heartw...
After being out of power for 30 some hours and bailing over 300 gallons of water from my sump pump well, I did get an unexpected surprise yesterday from Irene. I went to the county dump to dispose of most of our spoiled food and saw the sign for wood dumping area ahead. I drove over there and met several nice folks in my county here in MD who were disposing of trees that Irene took down. I’ve wanted to start resawing wood, even recently buying a riser kit and some new band saw blades...
I purchased this piece from an Australian source and the woman who sold it to me had no history or information on it. It’s “old” and may be “Mulga” burl is all the information I was given. Since I’m not familiar with Mulga or most Austrailian trees, I thought I’d post this to see if anyone has input to this. It is a burl that was turned to expose the inner grain. It was polished and may have a light oil on it, but I have not done anything to exp...
A couple weeks ago I passed some tree trimmers cutting up a handful of paperbark trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia). I passed a few times on lunchtime errands, and finally decided to stop and ask for some free wood. I’ve been so curious for 5 years now about what’s underneath the spongy, peeling bark of these trees. You can punch the trunks and leave a deep imprint of your hand, which swells back up eventually, hiding the dent. It doesn’t hurt, because they feel like a s...
This branch, found a week ago now, was a mystery for awhile, but then I accidentally identified it while looking up something about paperbark trees, which are in some ways related. Callistemon, or Bottlebrush Trees, in the Myrtaceae family, are – like many LA trees – native to Australia. My coworker and officemate, who knows about my log and tree-collecting shenanigans told me one morning that the city had roped off a big branch that had fallen. He saw it on his drive in to work. ...
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,...
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...
After some online snooping, it looks like the branch I found the other day is of the Juglandaceae Family, which is to say it’s a walnut. Here’s some evidence… The chambers in the middle, seen here in my sample comprise what is known as a “chambered pith” (a pith being the center of a tree/branch/twig). Here's how it happens (in elaborate, if brief science talk). When it comes to chambered piths, it seems the only two choices spoken of online are black walnut (...
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