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Forum topic by Structure posted 05-19-2016 12:13 AM 430 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Structure

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05-19-2016 12:13 AM

Does anyone recognize this wood? Can you tell me what it is, and if it’s good for bowl turning?


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TravisH

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#1 posted 05-19-2016 12:52 AM

Sure you can turn those into bowls but you need to seal those ends as already some signs of serious cracks.

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Structure

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#2 posted 05-19-2016 01:36 AM



Sure you can turn those into bowls but you need to seal those ends as already some signs of serious cracks.

- TravisH

You’re darn right. I wasn’t planning on getting much from these if any at all.

I suspect I’ll have to cut at least 6 inches in on each side before I have stable wood. The reason I’m asking what it is and whether it’s good for turning is because I’m wondering it’s even worth turning into bowl blanks. If not, I’ll simply split it into firewood. If it actually is a good or desirable wood for bowls, I’ll actually put forth the time and effort to get some bowl blanks out of them. In order to get to the wood that’s stable enough to turn (if any), I’d cut little by little off of each side of each log with my chainsaw until I see no cracks at all on the end grain. Then, cut the pith out, cut round blanks out on the bandsaw and seal them as you mentioned.

Since I don’t know what it is, I can’t do the research to make a judgment on whether I think that would be worth doing…

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#3 posted 05-19-2016 01:38 AM

Looks like birch or aspen.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Structure

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#4 posted 05-19-2016 09:51 PM



Looks like birch or aspen.

- firefighterontheside

After a little more research, it looks like it’s most likely birch. I hope I’m right and this isn’t just wishful thinking, because I really want it to be birch.

The two reasons I think it’s probably birch as opposed to aspen have to do with 1) the color of the bark, and 2) the rough markings on the bark.

As for the color of the bark, my research suggests that Birch bark can be grey or white, while aspen only comes in white. This bark is clearly grey. I hope that’s not just from sitting outside, as it’s been sitting outside since November. It definitely looks like it was always grey, even when the tree was still standing.

Other than that, those rough sections that look like big scars are supposedly found on Birch, while aspen usually only has knots or a lot smaller ‘scars’ than these. These are only a few pieces, and if you were to see my others, you’d see that there are much larger and more ‘aggressive’ rough sections found in the bark than what you see here.

Let me know if these deem it reasonable to assume this is birch as opposed to aspen…

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