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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 11:05 AM

Actually there are about 180 different species of trees that get referred to as Ironwood according to department of agriculture. There are only a few of those that are actual Ironwood and most of those are considered endangered and are illegal to harvest.

Yes, I have access to hop hornbeam. Incredibly hard strong stuff. Jay, it looks like either today or tomorrow we’re going in there after some more old oak trees. We will cut the biggest we can find. The land owner has 50-100 acres being overrun with this stuff and would like it clear cut. I am looking for uses for it if anyone has suggestions.

Tool handles, sure. But there’s a limit to how many of those you need. I make walking sticks out of the thin stuff and it works great. But that only used up a couple hundred square feet of clear cut. Once you get a hundred or so on hand, don’t really need to store more. I have carved it into spoons and utensils. Once again looking for suggestions.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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