|Project by BrentB||posted 06-06-2016 04:25 PM||760 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
This is a finished project so I guess it qualifies. It’s a small hinged box that is 4×3x2. I finished it with Shellac using the French Polishing technique. My problem is that I have no idea what kind of wood it is.
I’ve never seen this type of wood before and I’ve never seen it since. I was visiting my brother and his family in Tyler Texas. He has a HUGE back yard and the back third of the property is all forest, shrubs and brush. It’s mostly Pine trees along with various smaller unknown trees, shrubs and vines. We were walking around back there and noticed a strange looking branch on the ground that was about 12 inches in diameter at its largest point. We had no idea how long it might have been there.
We took the branch in his shop and cross-cut the smaller end of the branch. We were amazed by the bright yellow color and the grain that looks like feathers or sea shells.
My brother let me keep the branch so I took it home with me and started re-sawing. There wasn’t much of it that was usable. I was so excited about what I was seeing I had to make a box so I could preserve what we found and show off the beauty of each slice. At the time I had just started experimenting making boxes. Here is another photo of the box under construction and unfinished.
In hindsight I wish I had taken more photos. My brother told me he thought it was ‘Water-Something’. I don’t remember what he said and now he doesn’t remember either. He was just guessing anyway. Since then we’ve search for more and can’t find another example. I’ve looked in the LJ identification forums and various websites and haven’t found anything close. I have a feeling it’s some type of large shrub and probably some deformity or diseased portion of said shrub.
If you’ve reviewed any of my other projects you know I give away everything I make. This is the only box I’ve kept simply because it’s so unusual and I don’t know if I’ll ever find this type of wood again. If anyone knows what it is I’d sure appreciate you sharing. This has been a complete mystery to me for a long time and it’s been driving me nuts.
Thanks for your help!!
-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.