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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 2691 days ago 2674 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine smoked fish, he experimented with a lot of different species of wood, & was never satisfied. One day he questioned this older fellow who settled in this country from Finland, what kind of wood he used for smoking fish. He told him the wood he preferred was Tag Alder. He then tried Tag Alder, & from then on, that was his own preference also.

I have a lot of Tag Alder growing on my property, but I have never smoked fish with it. I prefer to use my Tag Alder to make rustic furniture, & things.

“TANGLEWOOD BRIDGE”, that’s what I call it.
I found three trees about 3” in diameter with equal arcs, or bends in them. It’s kind of rare to find things that are equal growing in the wild. After looking them over, I thought these would have the perfect curvature for making a garden bridge. So I gathered up enough other material to make this bridge. I kept adding pieces to it until it was as “Tangled” as I could get it.

When you first peel the bark off the wood, it’s pure white, but after being exposed to the air for awhile, it turns to rusty red, & so do your hands. I guess the tannin in the bark causes this. The red on the hands goes away after a couple of good washes, or if I happen to do the dishes. “Ha Ha”??
I sealed it with my own concoction of mineral spirits, marine spar varnish, & linseed oil. I think it works just as good, or even better, plus cheaper than the commercial brands.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2691 days ago

Thats pretty cool Dick! My what a tangled bridge you weave!

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#2 posted 2691 days ago

I’ve often thought about smoking fish, but can’t figure out how to keep them lit. The Bridge is nice though.

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#3 posted 2691 days ago

Beautiful Dick and not nearly 94lbs, or is it? No kidding that is nice, that would look nice in anyones back yard. What is a tag alder anyway? mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 2691 days ago

By the way Obi, I smoked catnip once, is it anything like smoked fish? Miike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 2690 days ago

Hi Mike,
Here’s a little info about tag alder.

BIRCH FAMILY (Betulaceae)

IND. STATUS: OBL

FIELD CHARACTERISTICS: A deciduous shrub or small tree occasionally reaching 10 m. in height. Leaves are alternate, simple, serrate to doubly serrate, and ovate to oval. Undersides of leaves are pale green or have a thin, waxy coating. Leaves are often hairy above with hairy veins beneath. Main leaves have 9-12 pairs of lateral veins. Twigs have sessile, woody, cone-like pistillate catkins. Staminate catkins are pendulous and usually clustered. Over winter, both types of catkins are conspicuous: last growing season’s pistillate catkins and the new staminate catkins that will flower in spring.

ECOLOGICAL NOTES: Speckled alder is the dominant in alder thickets of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and it may also be present in bogs and coniferous swamps on acidic soils. It occurs primarily in and north of the vegetation tension zone. Speckled alder is an important wildlife food plant, especially for beaver and white-tailed deer. Another common name is tag alder. A synonym is A. rugosa (DuRoi) Sprengel.

SOURCE: Gleason and Cronquist (1991); Swink and Wilhelm (1994); and Voss (1985).

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 2690 days ago

The Deer like the bridge.
Here’s a picture of a newly born Fawn, about 6’ away from the bridge. His coat was still damp. I took this with the telephoto lense. I was about 50’ away.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#7 posted 2688 days ago

Hi Dick,
That “Tanglewood Bridge” sure is looking great and rustic.

I never have used Tag Alder, but around my neck of the woods there is a vine called Oriental Bittersweet which tries very hard to just take over and is quite invasive. This vine works at strangling the trees it comes into contact with, so most landowners are glad to get rid of it. There is a lady over in CT who has made a name for herself, making all types of rustic designs and furniture out of this vine.

Have a good day!!!
GODSPEED
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#8 posted 2688 days ago

Thanks Frank,
That vine must be the same as the one that’s in Arkansas where my son lives. It winds around a tree & chokes it to death. I brought a piece home with me. It’s a long 1” spiral about 5 feet long, that was wrapped around a 4” diameter Pine. I tried to peel it, but the bark seems intertwined with the wood. The wood fibers intertwine in a beautiful pattern.
I finally made a hanging yard ornament, or ”Watcha-m-callit” Twister using my old failed CD disks.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#9 posted 2680 days ago

dick, love the pics of the deer and your bridge.
and the whata ma callit. lol

-- pat,ohio...http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/patshwigar/

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#10 posted 2674 days ago

Thanks Pat

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 2674 days ago

I like the design you made on the sides of your bridge. It looks like it belongs there, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 2611 days ago

Dick didn’t you make an arbor out of this too? I am doing some backyard planning and I am adding another pond and making a smaller bridge between the two would be something I would like to do. Also I need a new arch for my flowers. Now with all this snow it delayed me from looking for some supplies! What did you use to attach it all? Thanks!
Krum

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 2611 days ago

Krum
I’ll enter it as a project. I’ll go through my image files.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 2611 days ago

your heart must have been pounding when you saw the fawn. What an honour.

Love the bridge. I don’t have a creek on my property (not even a trickle) but I could fake one just so I could have such a bridge to look at.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#15 posted 2611 days ago

Debbie
That creek is as fake as you can get. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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