thorny rose bushes anybody ever turned the wood.

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Forum topic by Richard posted 07-27-2010 02:57 AM 5982 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2010 02:57 AM

I came across some rose bushes that must of been growing for the last 70 plus years. The main stem was almost as big as my leg and I wonder if anybody has turned something like this. The main stem is thorny as heck and it would take some doing to remove it, but it might have some interesting grain for pens and such.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 03:11 AM

I think it will work well if you stabilize the wood. This must be done while the wood is still green. Stablizing is a process where the water is replaced with a synthetic epoxy, poly, or other type of penetrating chemicals. Hte wood will become plastic like. This is done a lot in the making of knife scales and fishing reel seats. It might be worth a try. At least an interesting study.

BTW, you make some very nice trunks.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 06:21 AM


Most turners (I own a nice lathe, but it’s still in the box—you can see what my advice will be worth) like to turn green (wet) wood, so start the turning and put it in a brown paper bag sealed tightly until dryer and remount and finish. Or start the turning, get it close and seal with pentofin. Post some pics, please. Have you gotten into a piece to see what it looks like? As far as unusual material for turning, I’ve heard of people turning POISON IVY STEMS! They dry it thoroughly and report no problems. I’ll pass on that.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 07-28-2010 07:22 AM

No, I didn’t get to harest those thick rose bushes, but if I ever in the right place where some are going to be taken out, I would like to try turning some thick rose bush stems. I bet the thorns are imbedded in the wood as the wood grows and I suppose they might have an interesting pattern. So someone has probally turned some aged rose bush stems.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#4 posted 07-28-2010 11:48 AM

Dont know anything about turning or ever seen a rose bush that actually had a trunk, but my advice is -give it a go! You dont know what you have until you try.
Good luck with it all. If you actually do go ahead with it, dont forget to post it. It certainly would be interesting to see it.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 03-16-2013 11:11 PM

Hi Lumberjocks,
The thorns don’t go all the way in, they seem to grow from the bark, not from the core like branches do. I just started carving some stems into wands and it is nice wood to work with. Hard as buggery on the outside, but the center core of my pieces are real soft, actually very crumbly. In fact it makes me think you could make a flute or some beads out of it if you sliced it.

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#6 posted 03-17-2013 05:37 PM

I’ve turned rose root burl – beautiful wood. The few I’ve turned were black, almost to the point of ebony. Easy to cut and finish. It does pull the silica out of the soil, like mesquite, so sharpen often.

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