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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 05-26-2012 12:07 PM 1052 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On an earlier blog I wanted an I’d on some wood the ranchers here referred to as “Ironwood”. A very plain wood that appears to be invasive and extremely hard.

We have a positive I’d now as Eastern Hophornbeam. Commonly called Ironwood. Slightly less hard than mesquite. Commonly used for tool handles & wooden mallet heads. Now I have to find something I can use it for.

Once dried it does take stain very well.

Any suggestions?

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



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Bearpie

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#1 posted 05-26-2012 02:51 PM

Tool handles and mallet heads? ;-))))

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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kiefer

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#2 posted 05-26-2012 02:53 PM

Monte
Here is a link that may help .
http://starcraftcustombuilders.com/nebraska.woods.hophornbeam.htm
Also look at GOOGLE images.
Kiefer

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 03:44 PM

Wow Kiefer, read the article & it describes this stuff to a Tee!

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

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 10:33 PM

Glad you managed to ID the wood. Guess you will be turning quite a few tool handles with it.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#5 posted 05-27-2012 01:17 AM

I have seen a few beautiful laminated ironwood bowls and dishes made. It does turn really pleasantly because it is so hard and smooth.

It is also the only wood I have ever worked with that I am woefully allergic to! I hope you can handle it better than I. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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#6 posted 05-27-2012 01:25 AM

Glad you got this IDd. As far as suggestions, you know I only know how to make boxes and tall folding chairs. So that would be my suggestion! ie If the only tool you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail! Still don’t have an ID on the “SD Balsa”?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-27-2012 03:15 AM

I think Lie-Neilsen uses it as handles on their chisels…maybe sell it to them.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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