Mysterious colour changing wood?

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Forum topic by kennedy posted 01-17-2011 09:30 PM 1097 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2011 09:30 PM

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There was recently some tree/bushes cut down near my house in the UK so I had to take a look. The freshly cut stumps still in the ground revealed a appealing burnt orange coloured wood. I had to have some. Armed with a saw I removed a sizable chunk and took it home. When first cut the wood was much paler but soon returned to the orange. As a test, I turned a smaller limb on the lathe just to see what was inside. This however didn’t produce such a colour change but instead became a slight golden colour. I was wondering if anyone could tell me why this was. I think the tree was blackthorn but this could be wrong.
Any suggestions appreciated.


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#1 posted 01-17-2011 10:33 PM

Very possible its UV or heat reactive. I’ve been working with purple heart lately and it was disappointing the first time I ran it through a planer. Within a day or two, however, it was back to a bright purple.

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 10:40 PM

sounds like alder

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 11:54 PM

I did think it might be something like that. Strange that that piece I turned is still lacking the wonderful colour. But then its not all that sunny here in England.

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 01:19 AM

I know that some pool cue makers put purpleheart out in the sun and rotate it for a couple of hours before they finish it. It brings out the purple.

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 10:45 AM

Alder is one of the woods that will quickly change color. Oxidation and exposure to UV.

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 02:32 PM

the tree is most likley laburnum when cut down it bleeds bright orange sap

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