|Project by Dick, & Barb Cain||posted 12-11-2006 11:35 PM||2874 views||3 times favorited||27 comments|
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.
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