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Forum topic by goldseeker4000 posted 04-09-2017 02:12 PM 649 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2017 02:12 PM

Hello everyone. I am in need of Hophornbeam to make handles for mining picks. I am also looking for Osage Orange and Black Locust. I need to be able to get clean blanks out of these woods free of knots and checks 2.5”x2.5”x33” . I am not a fan of hickory or ash. The three woods I mentioned above meet my requirements for the picks. Please help me locate these woods. I believe Monte Pittman might be able to help with the hophornbeam

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#1 posted 04-11-2017 05:33 AM

Back in the day I used black oak for sledge hammer handles back when I worked in the redi-mix concrete industry. Black oak may be a suitable substitute if you can’t find your preferred woods; saw a fully loaded mixer drive over one of my sledge handles…it didn’t miss a beat just kept on pounding that sledge like nothing happened to it.

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#2 posted 04-11-2017 01:36 PM

Around my neck of the woods, (Wisconsin and the UP of MI) hophornbeam is commonly called ironwood. It’s very common but not typically culled for lumber. It’s very hard, slow growing and makes great firewood and longbows.

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 02:23 AM

Someone gave me some hophornbeam and I had a really hard time drying it. It kept splitting no matter what I tried.

Sorry, wish I could help but I don’t believe any of those species are sold commercially. Your best bet might be make a deal with local tree cutting guys. Lot of those guys really know trees and are happy to not have to pay for tree disposal.

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 02:29 AM

Yeah, bunches here. But I don’t have any cut or dried. The neighborhood has about 50 acres he would like clear cut though. That stuff is incredibly hard and strong. It will be a month or two before he would let me in there.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 04-14-2017 01:50 PM

Hi Monte, here is my number to contact me. I would like to talk with you about my needs for the hophornbeam. Would welcome your input on the wood for my use. Reese (406) 309-1009.

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