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Forum topic by DKV posted 07-30-2015 06:11 PM 1582 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2015 06:11 PM

never mistake for trolling.
I live in CA/OR, depending on the time of the year, and know that the northwest is a big provider of most all things pine. However, I love to work with walnut and maple and yet I don’t have a clue as to where our best walnut and maple come from other than “back east”.
Most folks like to brag about their local area and what they are famous for. If your area is known for a specific type of wood then I would like to know. I would especially like to know where the best walnut and maple come from. I also like to work with ash. Who’s known for that?

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#1 posted 07-30-2015 06:24 PM

Stephanie Carter has done a lot of work with Ash, I believe.

I have just started to work with Mesquite, a Texas hard hardwood.

Thats all I know.


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#2 posted 07-30-2015 06:36 PM

Seem to be a good deal of ash and hemlock around here…don’t know if we’re known for it, but I do know it’s easy to get on hand.

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#3 posted 07-30-2015 06:58 PM

I really like basswood for the tight, straight grain and white color. I have often thought a box would look nice made of basswood. It is soft though…Here’s a nice one by Mychipcarving.

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#4 posted 07-30-2015 07:00 PM

Just got some Hackberry that was gonna fall on Mr. Poe.
Is that famous?

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#5 posted 07-30-2015 07:06 PM

are you saying that the tree was where Poe is burried and you got it sawed before it fell? Or am I looking too deep?
Cool if so.

Just got some Hackberry that was gonna fall on Mr. Poe.
Is that famous?

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#6 posted 07-30-2015 07:06 PM

Mostly softwood up here in Western WA. Cedar, Fir, Hemlock. There is also Bigleaf Maple which is figured a lot, and Alder which is unfortunately very soft.

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#7 posted 07-30-2015 07:07 PM

Spalted Hackberry is beautiful.

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#8 posted 07-30-2015 07:09 PM

For walnut, Missouri and eastern Kansas produce some of the best and most sought after trees. Something in the soils produces great color. I think maples are more of a Wisconsin & Michigan commodity.

Other species that come out of eastern Kansas (albeit in smaller quanities) that are easier for me to find in good quality are black locust, honey locust, Osage orange, hackberry, pecan and elm. Oh and of coarse, red oak. We have quite a bit of good ash, as well, but the Emerald ash borer has started appearing around Kansas City and so we may lose a lot of those before long.

^ I love the look of spalted hackberry.

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#9 posted 07-30-2015 07:11 PM

jmartel, alder looks nice…

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#10 posted 07-30-2015 07:13 PM

As a disclaimer all of the boxes I’m showing are from LJ’s project pages…

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#11 posted 07-30-2015 07:27 PM

Lotta oak and walnut around here. Some maple but I think most of it comes down from New England.

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#12 posted 07-30-2015 07:46 PM

Well lets see. Georgia is known for peaches and pecans. I have not had any peach wood but I’ve seen several here who have done things with it, and it looks nice.
I HAVE had some pecan (although it came from a tree that was grown in Tennessee) and it was really nice to work with. The bowls I cut from it came out with some beautiful grain! (see my blogs for those)
These are both pecan


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#13 posted 07-30-2015 07:47 PM

Wow, really nice bowls Joe. I’m guessing pecan is a speciality order since I’ve never seen it at my hardwood store.

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#14 posted 07-30-2015 08:23 PM

I saw a lot of pecan. Hard to dry straight and just plain hard. Beautiful though.

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#15 posted 07-30-2015 08:31 PM

Here in Indiana and Michigan, we have great red oak. Ash, maple, walnut, poplar, hickory and others. These are available from local sawmills.

And I recently found my favorite wood which is quarter sawn sycamore with an beautiful and unusual grain pattern.

The ash here is quickly dying due to the emerald ash borer but still a lot available and in wide widths.

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