Firewood made better

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Project by jtriggs posted 05-30-2016 04:44 PM 476 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spent this last week finishing up a stubborn piece of firewood with the live edge. Took a long time to get the finish as smooth as I wanted. This is my first live edge bowl and it ended up very thin and I feel luck to have completed it. I’m not sure of the species, it is very yellow. Could be mulberry. Seems to me I remember that is yellow. Can someone give me a better guess for southern Minnesota?

The candy dish was for a neighbor’s son. It was in my pile of 6 year old walnut firewood and with the new Makita electric chainsaw I got for my birthday, I split open a crotch piece and turned the bowl part. As usual, the crotch figure is completely mesmerizing. The handle was turned from an oak burl I got from my sawyer 3 or 4 years ago. I used Capt. Eddie’s technique with a 1/2” collet. Worked beautifully. I was hoping it would contrast better with the walnut but as soon as I touched it with finish it darkened completely. Oh, well.

Have a great Memorial Day!

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 05-30-2016 05:12 PM

Very Good, I like it!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 05-30-2016 05:16 PM

Walnut firewood. my heart aches. Well one has to burn what one has to burn. Guess that makes heat a very precious commonity. I only have birch here as you can see in my last post. Very well done and nice projects.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 05-30-2016 05:17 PM

Nice work, Jon. it sure looks like mulberry!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-30-2016 10:48 PM

That yellow wood looks like Osage orange (aka Hedgewood). It is common here in Iowa. I suspect that it is also common in southern Minnesota. You could probably resolve the mulberry vs. Osage orange dispute based on hardness and weight. Osage orange is quite hard and heavy (Janka index – 2400). Mulberry is softer and lighter with a Janka index of 1700.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#5 posted 05-30-2016 10:58 PM

Rich, definitely mulberry then. It was pretty soft and very light.

Thanks for the nice words,all.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#6 posted 05-31-2016 03:37 PM

Beautiful bowl.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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