|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 08-29-2010 09:00 PM||2855 views||1 time favorited||46 comments|
Okay, Lumberjocks, this is a participatory project post. I’m looking for your wood identification opinions.
A friend of mine gave me a four foot long chunk of ancient, deteriorated, 6×6 timber he salvaged from the demolition of a very old wooden bridge. He promised me there was surprising beauty hidden beneath the decay, and he wasn’t lying.
He is under the impression this is redwood. Having never worked with redwood, I can’t really say. I would be surprised to see a Louisiana bridge made of redwood since none grows within 1,000 miles of here as far as I know, but who knows what they did 100 years ago when this bridge was built. I’m going to have to pump him for more details about the location and history of the bridge.
The grain looks a lot like common fir to me, but it seems awfully red for fir. I have included photos of the timber, and of the unfinished urn. The only finish as you see it in the first two photos is buffing compound from my three-wheel buffing system.
Whatever it is, I can safely say this was a very old tree. The growth rings are as dense as 40 per inch in spots, and, judging from the exposed end of the 6×6, there were a heck of a lot of them in the original log.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"