Unknown wood Vase now IDENTIFIED

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Project by Bearpie posted 04-14-2010 07:12 PM 1759 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unknown wood Vase: 8 1/2” H x 6 3/4 D

THIS WOOD HAS NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED AS PERSIMMON. I was lucky today as I was going out to get my mail I saw a certified arborist at my neighbor looking at a huge Live Oak in his front yard, so I asked if he could stop next door when he was done here? He obliged and met with me a few minutes later and I asked what kind of wood this was? He looked at it, smelled it, and when I showed him one of the tree pieces I had left, he then said this was persimmon. This is a very lovely wood to work with and if any of you get a chance to get this kind of wood I would highly recommend that you GRAB it. I think it turns better than cherry but cherry smells better! Thought some of you would be interested in my finding out what this was….Erwin 7/21/10

I got this piece of wood(one of maybe 6 or 7 pieces) from my Tree Service Co. and made this vase. The wood turned beautifully! The guy said the tree had thorns on the branches and he had never seen this kind of tree before and had no idea what it was so I’m hoping someone can identify this wood. I included the picture of the log to help with identification. I would dearly love to get more of this kind of wood but can only if i know what to call it. When I turned it, it had a very pleasant odor somewhat like fresh peeled raw potatoes and a hint of cherry. The color is almost the same as the darker part of cherry. This tree was cut down in Jacksonville, Fl. just in case locality makes a difference in identifying this wood. Thanks all!

Comments and critiques welcomed.

Erwin Jacksonville, Fl

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 07:23 PM

Fantastic turning – love the grain! Orange or Tangerine maybe? Both of these have thorns and smell sweet….


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#2 posted 04-14-2010 07:48 PM

It looks like cherry because it’s cherry; not sure which variety but it sure looks like black cherry.
Are you coming down to the get-together May 1st?

-- Gary, Florida

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 08:17 PM

nice vase and nice wood good job well done .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 09:44 PM

Nice vase! I don’t think it is cherry if it had thorns. It could be related to the mesquite tree because that tree is full of thorns, but mesquite would not grow in Florida.
Take a piece of the wood to local nursery, they’ll probably know. I had to do that in Arizona dn fund out I had red eucalyptus.
I don’t recognize it from the bark.

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

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#5 posted 04-15-2010 03:06 AM

Very nice vase. By the way that’s Florida Wood, I’ve seen it before. LOL.

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

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#6 posted 04-15-2010 03:51 AM

Yeah, Jockmike2, All wood in Fla that people don’t know what it is is called Florida wood! I have a friend that does some woodworking and he works with Oak a lot but there are several species of Oak and if he isn’t sure what species it is he calls it Florida Oak! However, Mike, if I want some more of this kind of wood I have to know what to call it or I am liable to get Florida Pine which I certainly don’t want. ;-)

Thanks for the nice comments fellas!

Erwin Jacksonville, Fl

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 04-15-2010 08:15 AM

Great vase. Don’t know the wood. As long as you can turn it into something that nice, the type of wood doesn’t matter. (except of course, you want more) Hope you figure it out. Would like to see more turnings from it.

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 04-15-2010 08:17 PM

Just pulling your leg, very nice work, hope I didn’t hurt the leg though. LOL

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

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#9 posted 04-16-2010 03:39 AM

Jockmike2, I took no offense from your first statement although by rereading my following statement I realized I might have come across as a bit testy but that was not the case as you can see by the wink symbol at the end of the sentence. Although at times my leg (knee) does hurt but not from you pulling on it! ;-)) By reading your posts and comments I already knew that you were not the kind of guy to give offense.

Erwin Jacksonville, Fl

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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