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Forum topic by Chandler posted 02-14-2011 05:31 PM 867 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2011 05:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unique unique wood question

The first two images are of a piece of wood (somewhat rotten, but has no mold) that I was about to burn in a bonfire, but I noticed that it was just too unique to go to waste. I don’t know what to do with it, or if it can be salvaged, so that’s why I’m here to ask the Lumberjock community. The third picture is of a small juniper trunk, again salvaged from a burn pile, that I quickly cleaned up with my tablesaw. I have five of these, and am thinking about making a candelabra. If anyone has turned juniper before, could you please give me some pointers? I don’t know much about the wood besides the fact that it bogged down my tablesaw pretty harshly even at a slow feed rate. Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 07:48 PM

Juniper can certainly be turned, but consider the grace and beauty that is there that would be taken away by reducing it to cylinders.

My thought is to get a decent wire brush (gang two together) on a quarter inch shank and chuck it in an air drill or something like that and see what you can reveal that way. Relax and let it speak to you, perhaps over time. If it got your attention now, as is, I think there’s great value in building a relationship with that wood and taking some time to listen.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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