Spatula (and what the heck is this wood?)

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The power company was in the field across the street yesterday cutting trees that were too close to the power lines. I grabed a small cut off (about 2 feet long and 4 or 5 inches across) with the thought of bandsawing it open and seeing what kind of grain it has. At first I thought poplar but quite frankly I’m terrible at identifying wood unless it’s good ol’ yellow pine :-)

The bark is very dark green (looks almost brown in the picture, but trust me it’s GREEN)


I cut a small slice off the end and gave it a quick smooth up with 80grit so you can see the rings.

Then I took a slice off the side to give another perspective

Once I had that side sliced off I figured Oh what the hell, the last time I made a couple of spatulas and they came out fairly good looking, so lets try another. Here’s the bottom view. The wood looks kinda yellow-ish from the lights above my dining table but that wood is actually pretty white

And here’s several views of the top and side. I left a bit of bark on the end of the handle, and it cleaned up pretty nice with the sander, so I left it on.



The blade part is 3” wide and almost 6” long. Overall it’s 16” in length. I slathered it wil butcher block treatment and tomorrow I’ll add a few coats of mineral oil.

Now then, How do you like your eggs?

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 11:41 PM

The bark made me think honey locust but the wood looks more poplar.

Good job on spatula.

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 11:42 PM

Fantastic! That’s a mighty fine design as well as a beautiful finished work of art. If the tree was large and very smooth gray bark it may be Beech?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 01-27-2013 12:21 AM


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#4 posted 01-27-2013 12:52 AM

Looks like Poplar to me! And your Spatula is MINT!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 01:02 AM

poplar was my first guess too…. and your woodworking is marvelous

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 01:06 AM

Awesome, love the bark on the handle!

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#7 posted 01-27-2013 01:20 AM

i have a friend that has been in the tree buisness for 35 years and he says its sycamore tree

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#8 posted 01-27-2013 03:16 AM

Sycamore if the bark falls off the live tree in peels and it has “monkeyballs”.

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#9 posted 01-27-2013 03:24 AM

I don’t know what kind of wood it is but I love the spatula!! Great job, great save on the Wood!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 01-27-2013 03:27 AM

My first guess was large leaf maple or apple. Good job.

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#11 posted 01-27-2013 06:49 AM

Very nice work. The log looks identical to many of the poplat trees here in VA. The Monkey balls are a great tell if it is sycamore. Butternut is also a possibility but my most edcuated guess is Poplar.

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#12 posted 01-27-2013 07:35 AM

Some sort of decorative crab apple was my first thought, but I don’t think they usually grow tall enough to need to be trimmed away from power lines, so I’d guess Sycamore. If you have some more cut it on on the quarter, see if has fantastic bold medullary rays (I think I’m spelling that right, but I’m not even entirely sure how to say it much less spell it) NIce spatula whatever it is.

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#13 posted 01-27-2013 08:25 PM

Beautiful work!

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#14 posted 01-28-2013 03:58 AM

I’m guessing poplar, but it could be sycamore, as some has stated already. Enough of this. What about that cutting board? And that table it’s sitting on? Now that’s cool. The spatula is cool too, whatever it’s made out of.

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#15 posted 01-28-2013 11:56 AM

Thanks Mip. You can see the cutting board here ...

And the table is here …

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