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Native woods in your area

by Raymond
posted 01-11-2011 05:39 PM

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 06:27 PM

Red Oak, Walnut, Maple, Locust, Elm

South Central PA

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 06:30 PM

I like catalpa. It’s easy to work, but does have a slight odor. Most folks burn it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 06:39 PM

I like working with Mesquite and Pecan. Any mistakes can easily be recycled in to the BBQ pit for top notch smoked brisket…

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 06:56 PM

We’ve got about fifty species in our woods.
My favorites are hornbeam and dogwood.

-- 温故知新

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 07:10 PM

Here in Oregon I guess the woods most people would think of would be walnut, white oak, Doug Fir and western red cedar. Actually, walnut is not native but has a distinct grain pattern when grown in Oregon that a lot of people like. Douglas fir is definitely the most prevalent, when they cut they usually just replant with all doug fir. It’s still really expensive here though.

We also have larch, madrone, yew and black cherry. A local sawyer is offering pear wood. We used to have a lot of Tamerack. I’ve only used it for heat though. Not much around anymore, like I said they usually just replant all doug fir. We also have some Redwood and Alaskan Cedar/Nootka Cypress.


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#6 posted 01-11-2011 07:44 PM

You forgot Myrtle wood Colin but it’s mostly central and south Oregon…........Schloemoe

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#7 posted 01-11-2011 09:04 PM

Locust, black walnut, hickory (shag bark and pignut), red bud, sycamore, ash, beech, mulberry, bodock (osage orange), red cedar, lynn (basswood). Oh yes, I forgot black gum and poplar. Well, poplar is not all that interesting except in a lightning storm; it’s a natural lightning rod. I’ve seen a 60 foot poplar reduced to tooth picks by lightinig.

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#8 posted 01-11-2011 09:06 PM

Intersting the diversity accross the nation. Be interesting to share our local woods with others.

-- Ray

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#9 posted 01-11-2011 09:12 PM

Call me ungrateful, and the grass (tree?) is always greener on the other side, but man, our local wood here in Northern CA leaves something to be desired, at least for me.

Sure, the hardwood dealers truck in just about everything, but that also means we pay for it.

The local stuff (and by local I mean the kind of wood you’d find at a local sawmill) is basically Oak, Fir, & Redwood. Only one of those is fit for woodworking, and I’m not a big fan of Oak’s open grain and the smell it produces while milling. California Walnut, while an absolutely beautiful wood, is very very rare and very very expensive, and almost gone.

Maybe I need to work harder to find cheaper sources of the wood I want, but I’m really jealous of you guys that have hordes of walnut, cherry, and maple growing in your backyards!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#10 posted 01-11-2011 09:26 PM

Hay live4ever, I don’t know how practicle it would be, but I’d be willing to send stuff to you.

-- Ray

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#11 posted 01-11-2011 09:33 PM

Mesquite, some oak and some AZ walnut. I don’t know how AZ oak and walnut differs from that grown elsewhere, other than it’s lot’s smaller.
We have a lot of cottonwood but, I don’t use it. We also have a lot of Tamarak and I’ve never considered using it. I wonder?
What do you think of it as wood for wood working, Raymond?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 01-11-2011 09:47 PM

Gene, it is HARD. It is very hard on tools, I use it when I need something that is going to be durable or break resistant. Since I make toys I use it for gears and cylinders, crankshafts and things like that. I Machine it on my metal lath and with my milling machine and carbide cutters.

-- Ray

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#13 posted 01-11-2011 11:52 PM

I live in MI and I have 4 GIANT and I do mean GIANT Willow trees on my property. I know Willow is not often used in woodworking and is not considered a great wood for it but one of my Willows is on its last years. I would have a crap ton of wood if I got it milled.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#14 posted 01-12-2011 12:07 AM

I have walnut and chestnut oak for the deciduous and some type of fir and other coniferous varieties. Being new to the area, I am learning. I know wood grains not trees. I just cut down some chestnut oaks and am interested in buying and using a portable chainsaw mill to produce my own lumber. Has anyone done this and can advise me on what to buy and how to go about drying it for use in furniture? Does it need to be kiln dried as well?

-- Roger, North Carolina

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#15 posted 01-12-2011 12:10 AM

Lets see, I have 2 wood lots, 1st here in The Berkshires of W. Mass, Black Cherry, Ash, Beech, Red Oak (moving up higher up the Mt) Soft maple, some Hard maple, some Birch, Poplar, White pine (some over 100’ tall and 40” + Dia), Hemlock. 2nd lot is in N. Vermont and has Rock maple (Mmmm maple syrup), White, Yellow and Black Birch, Poplar, Beech, Tamarack, Red & Black Spruce (Xmas trees), Pin Cherry.
I harvest some each year, Trunks get milled and branches heat the house.

-- Doug...

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#16 posted 01-12-2011 12:20 AM

Hey! I think crank49 has been looking around my wood pile. I also have some Honey locust he didn’t see HEH HEH! Yea Tennessee is has some of the best wood varieties. I try to find give away wood of any kind. You can get walnut and cherry and maple given to you if you ask nicely. I have a secret stand of Bodock(osage orange) that a lady told me to get all I want. The trees are huge for bodock—12”from center to bark 45 feet tall. The land owner helps me load the logs with his tractor.I got three 8 footers from one tree. SWEET

Roger’ Ihave mine cut by a local who has a portable band mill.Better than a chainsaw mill’less waste. Much cheaper than buying a mill.He comes to my house when I get enough logs to make his trip worth while and then we stack it in the shed on sticks for a couple of years. I like air dried walnut compared to steamed kiln dried lumber. guess you could kiln dry without steaming.

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#17 posted 01-12-2011 09:16 PM

schloemoe, I had myrtle wood in there but then I thought I remembered it was not native… not sure


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#18 posted 01-12-2011 09:24 PM

Nope, you were right. It is native.


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#19 posted 01-12-2011 10:00 PM

Great work on the rocker. It sure would be nice to beable to trade wood, I think the cost of shipping would make it not practicle.


-- Ray

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#20 posted 01-12-2011 10:08 PM

In my part of Iowa we see a lot of oak, hackberry, cherry and walnut. Any maple is probably a tree that some one planted in their yard.

We used to have a lot of hedgewood (a.k.a. Osage Orange) but most of it is gone now. Farmers used to use hedgewood for fence posts and those fence posts would virtually last forever.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#21 posted 01-12-2011 10:41 PM

Hello okwoodshop. If you are offering I would be interested in what the freight cost would be to ship some of your wood to me. I could check with some of my freight co. I work with in another business I own (custom label bottled water). I ship water all over the country and, going by freight truck is most likely the least expensive. If you would be willing to let me know what I could have and approx. sizes/weight I will check on my end what freight cost will be and how it needs to be packaged


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#22 posted 01-13-2011 05:38 PM

Cactus. Can I turn that on my lathe? Smiles

-- Ray

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#23 posted 01-13-2011 06:03 PM

Oaks (white,Black,Red,Post) – Couple Walnuts – Pecans – couple Birch – Cedar – redwood – plum -

40 Acres 3/4 Forested

& No you can’t have any !!!! :)

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#24 posted 01-13-2011 06:19 PM

Spruce and pine. Also small amounts of birch. Too cold for anything more exotic…

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#25 posted 01-13-2011 07:25 PM

Red cedar, Port Orford cedar, Cherry, Big leaf Maple, Doug Fir, Hemlock, Knotty Spruce, Alder. Lots and lots of Alder – it grows like a weed.

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#26 posted 01-15-2011 02:19 PM

I’m located in Kingsport, TN and I have 6 huge sugar maple trees in my yard that are 45” plus in diameter. The trunks are all gnarly and twisted. They are much too ugly for any commercial sawmill to want them. There is also a black walnut tree 35” in diameter with at least a 30’ trunk. The walnut is healthy and won’t be cut anytime soon, but the maples are dying and will have to come down at some time. One of them is too far gone to have much usable wood, so it’s going to be replaced this winter. Also on the property is about 5 acres of woods with poplar, white & red oak, walnut, beech, sycamore, pine, and lots more.

I carve custom gunstocks and my customers have shipped in mesquite, birdseye maple, zebrawood, bubinga, ambrosia maple, quilted maple, Ziricote, wenge, bloodwood, purpleheart, and Amboyna Burl. I am very fortunate to get to work with some of these exotic woods.

Here's a blog posting with photos of the trees in my yard.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#27 posted 01-15-2011 02:25 PM

Narra and Kamagong

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#28 posted 01-15-2011 03:05 PM

Gosh… good thing you said “local woods” and not “native woods.” Not many trees “native” to Kansas! Some “native” hardwoods that come to mind are elm and white oak. Of course, the elm has been all but done away with due to the Dutch Elm Disease. But I do get hands on a fair shair of White Oak and I love it! I love the look of it in particular. Dont’ care for the way it works (it is pretty hard! Much much harder than Red Oak, IMHO), but it finishes well and is somewhat rot resistant.

Western Kansas landscapes are pretty, but it all looks like a scene out of “Paper Moon” or “High Plains Drifter.” Trees are scare. Eastern Kansas, however, has the soil and the moisture and just about any tree will grow.

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#29 posted 01-19-2011 11:52 PM

Cool I can do That, North Carolina the part I am in anyways has Pine, Cedar, White Oak, Hickory,Gum, Poplar,Beech, Dogwood ( that a tree or a flower ?) and lots more I am probably missing but those are all I can think of.

-- Andrew "Yes I can" from NC

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#30 posted 01-20-2011 12:14 AM

Thatlabguy, I will send you a PM and see what we can do.

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