A Redwood Ripplewood attribute I've not seen as lumber before, or...??

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Forum topic by humbowldt posted 06-13-2016 02:08 PM 1185 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2016 02:08 PM

I was picking free wood today on a property that had 3 buildings come down. Filled up my truck several times over and went back and forth, and then on my way out the son of the lady whose house it was showed me into a small outbuilding with a bunch of redwood and oak shorts, small 1x slabs and thinner stuff since I told him I was a cabinetmaker. This one caught my eye and at first thought the pattern was manufactured onto the wood, like those redwood ceiling tiles. I’ve not really seen anything like it in person as lumber, the second image is from a tree I saw on a hike here in Humboldt County and to see something like that is not an everyday thing either… it looked similar. It does look like ripplewood but it is SO exact in its consistency I just would like to know more about it from an educational/dendrology standpoint. The rings are honestly that same space apart over a 4 ft length and the undulation depth stays exactly the same along it too.

Thanks for your help! By the way, if anyone is out there from Humboldt I can send you the address for this place, it’s in Fortuna. There is still an unbelievable amount of wood there to be had, although it may get more picked over day by day…

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#1 posted 06-17-2016 02:02 AM

That is pretty cool! But maybe was just laminatedz

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#2 posted 06-17-2016 05:35 AM

Looks like it was form the bottom of a tree trunk.Think about a 1000 year old tree that’s has a 1000 tons of weight pushing down for so long it compresses the wood cells.
Hope you got enough to make something with it.

-- Aj

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