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Project by branch posted 06-24-2011 10:47 PM 1316 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi here is a bowl i made about 4 months ago i don’t know what the timber it is it was as hard as iron and it has long story to where i got it about a year ago i was driving through a forest near where my daughter lives in the hope of finding some
wood and i was lucky i found a huge piece laying along the fence it was 8 feet long
and about 2feet in diameter it weigh about 40 or 50 stone or 560 lb or 700 lb i could not move it i was about to give up and leave behind
but as i was about to drive away 2 men appeared from the forest and asked me what i was doing
i said i was looking for dead wood and i found this large piece but was not able to move it not alone get in to the van
one of the men said the worked in the forest and that the would help me get it in the van with a lot of grunting a growing we got it in the van i offered to pay them but the said the were glad to get rid of it because it was laying there for years and it was to hard to cut up for fire wood we got to talking and i explained what i wanted the timber for and the said if the found any more hard wood the would let me have it i get some blocks from them
now and then but the are still to wet to turn Irish hard wood is scarce and hard to find all our forest is fir or very soft wood but one gets lucky now and then it is all ways nice to find hard wood and make new friends ‘
sorry i got carried away the bowl is 8 1/2 at the rim and 3 1/2 deep and 4 3/4 at the base it is finished with 5 coats of tung oil if any one knows what kind of wood i would love to know i have a few more pieces i made out of the same log i will post them latter
all comments welcome

beanch





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rustfever

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 11:14 PM

Nice looking bowl.
I have no idea the variety of wood. However, the piece appears to be a combination of heart wood and sap wood. The sap wood has spalted.
Great find.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 12:13 AM

My guess is Black Walnut, LOOK HERE!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 02:37 AM

Nice bowl Branch, looks a bit like some of our blackwood. Did you notice the grain (pict 4) on the left side looks like a flower. We can’t take wood from our forests without a permit, you had some luck there.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 02:39 AM

“Alder wood is also used for dying and wood turning as well as making harps, clogs, and charcoal. It was once known as Irish Mahogany.
The Celts regarded the alder as a very special tree because when it is cut, the colour changes from white to red. The Celts believed that this tree held diving powers, especially when identifying diseases. It was considered a great offence to cut an alder down.”

I was going to guess that it was Dark Red Meranti ,(a type of Mahogany), but then I read you were in Ireland , so I researched Native Trees in Ireland and the Black Alder might be what you have here.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 03:11 AM

Great looking bowl Branch!! I think that Dusty has it right on the type of wood.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 06-25-2011 06:27 AM

Nice bowl Branch,

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S4S

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#7 posted 06-25-2011 06:32 AM

It might be Yew .

If it’s not Yew , then…...it might be Me .

If it is Yew , then….........Yew did well .

...........now since its Friday, a limerick :

There once was a man with a plan ,

Who found himself in a jam,

Til two LJs came ‘round ,
Each deadlifting 300 pounds,

And threw that log right in his van .
.....................................................................moment

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xylophage

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#8 posted 06-26-2011 04:10 PM

looks like bubinga to me.

-- D.A Winograsky

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branch

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#9 posted 06-26-2011 10:08 PM

hi thanks for your comments and trying to identify the wood
1/ i don’t think it has sap wood in it
2/ we don’t have black walnut in Ireland
3/ here in Ireland we cant cut down trees either without a permit either
but if it is dead wood and laying out side the fence it is fear game for anyone
4/i think it is to hard for black alder
5 love your sense of humor and the poem is great
it’s definitely not yew because yew are a poet
6/not bubinga it does not grow here

it is that dense and heavy and as hard as iron that it sinks when you put in water
but as far as i know we don’t have iron wood growing here in Ireland
branch

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S4S

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#10 posted 06-28-2011 08:01 AM

Thank you , seriously , Yew too kind , Sir .

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Dusty56

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#11 posted 06-28-2011 11:25 PM

I did some further research on the Black Alder after posting my first comment and you are correct about it being on the softer side.
Do you have a piece of it that might be identified by your local university / forestry service ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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SalvageCraft

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#12 posted 10-16-2011 07:59 PM

Looks like osage orange to me. Being so hard and heavy with no spalting having reached the reddish/yellowish heartwood after years of lying on the ground… Osage was planted everywhere back in the day.
Beautiful bowl, by the way! Did it do a number on your gouges when you were turning it? I haven’t turned bois d’arc myself, but do have a chunk lying around in wait!

-- Jesse --

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 10-17-2011 12:17 AM

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL BOWL!

WHATEVER THE WOOD IS.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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