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Project by wcp posted 01-05-2018 04:44 PM 641 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This plate was made from a pith center cut that was about 2 inches thick from a fairly large fork of what I think is an elm tree. I salvaged enough wood without a crack to turn the small plate. It started out about 9 inch diameter and the finished plate was 8 inch. I really like the figure of the grain in the crotch cut.

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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 01-05-2018 07:02 PM

Yep, that’s real purdy. I asked a tree guy to provide me some sycamore crotches when he cuts up a tree (for pay of course) but he hasn’t presented me with any results.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 01-05-2018 09:18 PM

Beautiful piece of wood and great work!

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#3 posted 01-05-2018 09:25 PM

I don’t question the beauty of it but I’m a little skeptical of the species. Elm around Minnesota, if you can find it, is lighter than what I see in your photos. Yours has the exact look of walnut crotch flame I’ve turned many times. The almost white sap wood also matches walnut. I’ll be interested to hear what other people think.

Nice job.

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

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#4 posted 01-05-2018 10:16 PM

That’s a beautiful plate—I love the grain’s figure!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 01-05-2018 10:18 PM

I have some elm that is roughly this color, so it is a possibility. Mine is a little lighter. There are several species of elm, so there is a lot of variation. The smell of elm is incredibly distinctive though, especially freshly cut elm.

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wcp

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#6 posted 01-05-2018 11:23 PM

I admit that I could be wrong on the tree type. I got the wood from a lot that was being cleared in McGregor Texas which is considered to be Central part of the state. I don’t think there is a lot of walnut around this part of Texas but again I could be wrong. I ask the fellows that were cleaning up the felled tree what it was and they didn’t know. I’ve searched the internet trying to ID the tree and some type of elm is as close as I could get. The heart wood does look a lot like walnut but the sap wood is almost yellow, I would say its about 50-50 on the different colors. I will attach some more pictures and if anybody has a suggestion, I’m all ears. The first picture is where I cut the plate from.
The next picture is one of the outer side of the crotch area.
Next is a end grain shot of a smaller section of log that shows the color.
Last one is the bark.
My granddaughters boyfriend says it smells like elm, since I’ve never smelled a fresh cut elm, I could not be sure. So I am interested in hearing what the lumberjocks think it may be.

wcp

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wcp

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#7 posted 01-06-2018 01:51 AM

I took some close up pictures of the plate grain pattern that may help with id of the tree. First one is from the back sap wood.

Next two are the front, first is the right of center.

Left of Center.

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#8 posted 01-06-2018 02:25 AM

Beautiful Plate!

-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#9 posted 01-06-2018 02:27 AM

Beautiful Plate!

-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#10 posted 01-06-2018 12:29 PM

Wow! Those grains look so cool! Beautiful wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 01-06-2018 02:54 PM

Wow! This plate is so beautiful and nicely done and the wood is perfect for it. It’s a real eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 01-06-2018 06:14 PM

That’s gorgeous! I’ve never had Elm, but it does look like the Walnut I’ve turned. I remember there was black sap leaking out of the tree when it was cut down and the bark peeled of in big pieces, I didn’t think it would be safe to try to keep it on the natural edge.

I’m a long way from you so the trees are probably very different.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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wcp

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#13 posted 01-06-2018 11:59 PM

Thanks everyone for the encouraging comments.


That s gorgeous! I ve never had Elm, but it does look like the Walnut I ve turned. I remember there was black sap leaking out of the tree when it was cut down and the bark peeled of in big pieces, I didn t think it would be safe to try to keep it on the natural edge.

I m a long way from you so the trees are probably very different.

- John

John
I took a look at your project page and really like the red cedar burl bowl and I would like to know if you would share with me how you get that beautiful shine finish on your projects. I am using a friction finish of equal parts shellac denatured alcohol and boiled linseed oil. My finish is shiny for a little while but does not last, it turns into a semigloss finish. The bowl of yours that I refer to is at this location. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/341306
That is one beautiful bowl with a lot of color and figure. Thanks

wcp

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#14 posted 01-09-2018 08:24 PM

Congrats on the Top Three !

-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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