|Project by gridlockd||posted 02-09-2012 02:36 PM||1127 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Sorry to all, I know I have posted nothing but pens lately, but I am having fun with them! I have another project in the works, hoping to be done this weekend to post for your viewing.
This is one I did last night, I need a little help with the wood identification though. This was a tree that fell in the woods behind my house, I will get a picture of it in it’s natural state tonight and post tomorrow. My description of the tree is as follows: possibly the ugliest tree i have ever seen! it has these “lumps” that look like knots growing all over the main trunk. seems to be heavier than what i would have expected from dead wood, even though my moisture meter reads it as 13-15%. I struggled to cut it with my chainsaw, it was VERY hard to cut through. Maybe my mind was tricking me, but i swear i saw a spark jump out now and then while cutting.
The re-sawed wood was a creamy, pinkish color, with the shown dark streaks through some of it, I attribute it to spalting, maybe? it turned fairly easily, sanded nicely, and took a finish well. the result was beautiful, i thought. I left the knot in the pen on my wife’s suggestion, she said it gave it character, i tend to agree.
SO, my F-I-L says it’s a hackberry, anyone else concur with that assessment? I am not sure, so any help would be appreciated! Thanks!