Willow wood

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 03-03-2012 01:29 PM 1223 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a gentleman offering me some very large trunks from a couple willow trees. I have never worked with it, but I have heard it is like cottonwood. Any information would be appreciated.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 02:31 PM

Always take wood! (assuming the only cost is for you to haul it away)
Never worked with willow, but was given a toy-box made from willow by a friend many years ago. It is a light-colored wood with plenty of interesting, but clean grain (not reversing or swirling). I like the looks of it.

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 06:00 PM

I used some willow to make bindings for my traditional stave bucket. Very fine grain and it seems to hold up very well. I could think it would be good for turning or any other woodworking. Here’s a link.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 08:27 PM

I hope you also have a fireplace or fire pit so if you do not like the willow you can always warm yourself with it or have a bar-b-que! Take the wood, experiment with it otherwise how will you personally know if you like it or not? Sweet Gum for example is not a very well liked wood but I love turning with it and have made some fantastic pieces when it is dyed. Check my Flaming Platter!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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