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Wood Gloat #9: Leopard Wood this time..

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Blog entry by degoose posted 1720 days ago 3905 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: A little more of the Western Queensland Timbers. Part 9 of Wood Gloat series Part 10: Late arrival of MY present.... »

A mate was cutting down a Leopard tree [Caesalpinia ferrea] and asked if I wanted the wood… I had to think about this for a while because I am running out of room lol..
Leopard trees have mottled shiny bark that someone thought looked like a leopard’s skin.
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This a graceful tree that lines many suburban streets and parks. They are perfect as a screen against the hot western sun, the light filtering though the leaves, highlighting their delicate shading.
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And for those who wood like to see a Camphor Laurel…...

And here is the Moreton Bay Fig… ficus macrophylla…..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1720 days ago

Build another shed with it!! Then youi’ll have room for the next great find!!

Larry, Do you use the barnch wood?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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reggiek

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#2 posted 1720 days ago

Hmmm….if someone asked me if I wanted the wood….I would not even take a second to reply…LOL….you bet I would….when can you fill my truck?

Great gloat….that is some beautiful stuff too…..I have a few select pieces for turning….and they were not cheap.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Napaman

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#3 posted 1720 days ago

looks good…BUILd a boat…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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degoose

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#4 posted 1720 days ago

I will let you build the boat, Matt
Bob I use all the timber, up to a point..
Reggie… Drive your truck over and I will fill it… also if you go to San Diego you can see a Moreton Bay Fig that was planted for the 1912 expo there.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1720 days ago

I was wonder ‘cause I’ve seen comments saying not to. How do you decide what is a usable branch and what isn’t? Or maybe I should ask what you can use branches for and what you shouldn’t??

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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reggiek

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#6 posted 1720 days ago

If only my truck went through water!...... Just wanted to say, I believe there is another of those trees planted in Santa Barbara….if not it is a very close replica…..Do you know if those knees on the ficus can be cut like they do to the cypress (at least the roots look like cypress type knees)? The cypress is not harmed by cutting the knees off….it just grows more.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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degoose

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#7 posted 1720 days ago

There is a lot of different opinions out there.. regarding branches… I have not had any problems but then I have no used them much,,, the Moreton Bay Fig I have is over 600 mm wide slabbed from a branch and it is stable at the moment … have not ripped it yet.. I know a lot of folks turn branches.. problem is that there is little heartwood color in most branches..
Rob..I dont have a slabber.. so I am waiting till I have a larger amount of logs and will get in a portable bandsaw mill.. have some camphor and now some leopard and have been given some african walnut… or so I have been told. He is going to deliver.. so I have not seen it yet…will post more on this when it is all cut…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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woodsmithshop

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#8 posted 1720 days ago

the bark of the leopard wood looks similiar to our sycamore

-- Smitty!!!

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degoose

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#9 posted 1720 days ago

Rob check out my BLOG on Ficus Macrophylla.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 1720 days ago

Nice gloat!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#11 posted 1720 days ago

I be envious! I just bought about 28 bd ft of leopardwood a few weeks ago.(Ain’t cheap) I saw it and liked it alot. Do not have a particular project for it yet… but the wood is there now for when I figure out what it will become in its new life.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#12 posted 1720 days ago

that’s a ROARING good find !!!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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grizzman

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#13 posted 1720 days ago

yea nice gloat..if ya want i have a special way of stacking it where it will season just right…...have you ever played a card game called 52 pick up…if so …you will understand the stacking method..lol….....you might need to build a new shed roof…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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mikethetermite

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#14 posted 1720 days ago

It looks a lot like our Sycamore trees.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#15 posted 1720 days ago

Larry more wood yea ,out of room yea, seems like I’ve heard this song before, But it’s a great song congrats mate. enjoy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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