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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 03-11-2012 06:49 PM 1372 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At least that’s what they call it here. Bigger stuff is about 8” in diameter. Long and spindly. Anyway, neighbor has an area of about 50 acres heavily overgrown with this stuff. I cut a couple pieces to slice up and see what it looks like. Anybody what it can be used for?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.



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#1 posted 03-11-2012 06:55 PM

I lived in ND for years but I can’t recall that kind of wood. Would you happen to have any pictures you could post? Perhaps someone will be able to identify it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 07:06 PM

Turners love Ironwood for making tool handles etc… a lot of knife makers will use it for knife scales, and I’m sure it would work well for custom pistol grips.

Usually this stuff is very expensive. My MIL bought me a small piece 2×2x6 and paid $20 for it. If I were you, I would check ebay for pen blanks, knife scales and turning blanks and see what the prices are. I’m convinced you’ll start chopping it up for sale after you see the prices.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 07:08 PM

Just found this information.

Ironwood is a protected species in both USA and Mexico and permits are required to fell, gather and transport it. Wide spread coppicing and illegal harvesting have caused strict penalties and tougher regulation.

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 07:37 PM

Here are some photos

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 08:21 PM

looks like hornbeam to me

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#6 posted 03-11-2012 09:43 PM

If it’s really ironwood, I know a Scottish bagpipe maker who would be drooling.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 03-12-2012 12:19 AM

that isn’t the ironwood I am thinking of… I know some folks will call hornbeam ironwood as well… It’s a fairly light colored wood like you have shown here… Desert Ironwood is a dark brown color, with light brownish sapwood. I’m not sure if there are restrictions on cutting Hornbeam.

-- San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 03-12-2012 07:26 PM

The bark doesn’t look like hornbeam which has more skin-like bark…here is a picture link below to a hornbeam tree. I’m familiar with Desert Ironwood which is extremely dense wood. It doesn’t look like that either. I can’t really help you with what it is, but I’m pretty sure it is neither hornbeam nor desert ironwood.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/21/Hornbeam_Barnet_Gate_Wood_3.JPG

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 07:49 PM

It kinda looks like some elm like we have here in the yard.

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