Is a Goldenrod tree any good for woodworking

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Forum topic by TopamaxSurvivor posted 04-18-2011 03:40 AM 1343 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2011 03:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: goldenrod tree wood

Does anyone have any experience with goldenrod tree wood?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 04:16 AM

I would say there isn’t any market for it at all. That leads me to believe that there is something horrible happens when used for lumber. Is it a plant/shrub or an actual tree?? I have only heard of a Goldenrod Tree my kids Pokemon games ;)

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 04:54 AM

The one I cut down is a tree. I googled it to, but not much there. Nothing but Goldenrod Drive in FL on here ;-))

I was hoping some one had some experience of some kind. Good turning practice, if I had the lathe set up and time to fiddle with it ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 02:41 PM

Top, is it hard, grainy ? Never came across it as a wood, just bushes here. I’ve a small collection of ofbeat stuff I try to get at every once in a while..after all it’s wood, gotta be good for something, right ? Honeysuckle that got too big, realy neat grain, but in drying it kind of unravelled, spiral split, Arr..More bookmarks.. Caragana (sp?) nice to work with, stinky though, realy big color changes, from a vibrant yellow to a dark chocolate brown, but fuzzy like cottonwood when you try to finish it. I’d at least try a bit of the Goldenrod, cut and dry a bit , plane, see if it’s worth going further.
Maybe you’ve found a domestic wood treasure ?

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 02:59 PM

Hey Bob, I didn’t even know there was a goldenrod tree. LOL Up here goldenrod is a weed that heralds the end of summer and the beginning of hayfever season as it blooms at the same time as ragweed. Awful hard to turn or saw a 1/4 inch diameter trunk. ;-))))

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 01:55 PM

Hi Bob. I would say that if its a tree it can be turned. Give it a try, you’ve nothing to lose!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-06-2011 02:03 PM

I put goldenrod branches on the lathe and turn them into long rods and paint them gold. Then I spend the rest of the day sneezing.

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