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05-08-2016 06:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: thorn thorn bush yellow wood dye

These are photos of pieces of the neighbor’s thorn bush, as it was being cut and thrown into their trailer for a trip to the dump. The last time I this much yellow was after applying a liberal dose of dye to a project.

The wood seems to have the appearance of density equal to sycamore, and someone the same grain. I did notice a bit of yellow on my hands after handling it for a quick test turn.

The most I’ll get out of it will be some wine stoppers. I don’t know if the yellow will hang on or disappear, like purple heart. We’ll see.

The pieces are small enough I’ll just turn them, let them dry, then fill the cracks with epoxy.

A quick search suggests it’s Barberry/Berberis thunbergii. As one fellow said, the wood is so yellow, it looks fake.

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#1 posted 05-08-2016 07:27 PM

Agarita is another name. Currant is another name for the berries and jelly made from them….. I got a pick up load 6 weeks ago up in Skull Valley, Arizona along a road widening project. One root burl I had to turn down because of completely loaded vehicle, and to tired to even think about loading id was 3 feet high, about 2 feet diameter, and had offshoot branches that were 6” od. It looked more like a tree stump rather than a bush. The root is the best part as everyone I collected is burled. I made a small bowl 3 years ago from one I poached, and it’s very slowly turning towards brown. I think another 5 years it might look a bit darker than now. I love the stuff. Can’t get enough of it. I don’t remember seeing thorns on the plant.

Kelly, lick your hands to get the stain off. It has medicinal properties… ........ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 12:43 AM

Barberry was commonly used for yellows in classic French marquetry a couple of centuries ago. I believe it keeps its colour fairly well. You could get a quite a bit of smallish veneer pieces out of it.

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 01:11 PM

Looks like Bois’darc to me. (Also called Hedge or Osage orange)

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#4 posted 05-09-2016 01:53 PM

Yep, Osage is quite thorny, about 6 tpf. This stuff shown idefinitely is not Osage. ....... I’ll stake my reputation on my assessment….. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 05-09-2016 10:25 PM

Looks like Barberry to me. It’s an invasive nuisance in the woods around my cabin (upstate NY).

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