Got some big plum branches, what can I do with them?

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06-15-2010 10:13 PM

My grandfather cut down a plum tree the other day. My dad brought me over two large plum branches (4-5” thick, 4-5 feet long). The bark is still in tact.

Is there anything I can do with this stuff?

I guess turning it is probably the only option, but with it being green, I hesitate to even try to use it.

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 10:22 PM

Limb wood is rarely good for anything but turnings and small things; but it is good for that. Rough it out green, put it in a paper bag for a few months to dry out and re-turn it to shape. Maybe it’ll stay in shape, maybe it’ll crack into oblivion, but what the heck you can learn from it anyhow. The plum wood I got started out a purplish/pink color, then shifted to a beautiful nut brown. Good luck!

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#2 posted 06-15-2010 10:34 PM

spoons would be my suggestion.

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#3 posted 06-15-2010 10:38 PM

second uffitze’s suggestion.

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#4 posted 06-15-2010 10:40 PM

Forgive my ignorance, but why spoons specifically?

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#5 posted 06-15-2010 11:06 PM

They are small enough to be made with the wood that you have available, and it doesn’t matter much if they bend or twist (as is likely for limbs which are reaction wood).

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#6 posted 06-15-2010 11:10 PM

Ah, makes sense. Thanks everyone.

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#7 posted 06-16-2010 04:42 AM

And, spoons are traditionally made from fruit woods…..i.e. plum

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#8 posted 06-16-2010 07:09 AM

If you have a lathe I would turn something, turn it thin and finish it and watch it change shape and gain character, I love it when it starts to curl and do strange things such as become oval.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 06-16-2010 07:22 AM

Turn small bowls / hollow forms out of it, make the walls kind of thinnish and watch it change shape… Your input on the wood is only part of the finished product… What the wood wants to do is just as important… Sometimes that is splinter to pieces, sometimes that is warp into some intriguing shapes…

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