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robert triplett

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09-02-2011 01:04 AM

I got this board in Brookins, Oregon. I was looking at some old Myrtlewood in a guy’s garage and he had this board that was left by his son a long time ago. I bought the Myrtlewood too. Kind of plain, but partly splated. You know,

starting to rot. Not worth much!!!
It had ends that indicated it had been sawn by someone besides a mill. Not straight. I sanded it in my drum sander and took these pictures. I plan to make boxes with it and would like to be able to say what the wood is. It is as heavy as a medium hard Maple , but not as hard. A lot of chatoyance(?) Something that is like birdseye. Before I sanded it, I was thinking it was close to Koa- limited exposure to Koa Nice color to the wood. I looked at some wood guides, but nothing was certain. I just bought some Maple near Chico, Ca that was a yard tree type and it

has some similar color. Thanks

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 01:09 AM

From the pictures it looks like cherry to me. Not 100% sure without tasting it though.


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#2 posted 09-02-2011 01:49 AM

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 04:20 AM

I would put my 2c in… very similar to the european wild cherry I have… the edge grain is very similar… the figure is also a lot like it…

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 06:51 AM

I can go with Cherry. I like the ‘European Wild Cherry’, Larry. Sounds classy. I have never had any Cherry like this, although I did turn a 12” Wild Black Cherry bowl a few years ago. I wish a had more of this, but I will just have to use it wisely. No cutting boards from this!! Thanks for the info.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 12:13 PM

Looks like cherry to me…but you never know. European wild sounds like it explains the unique look.

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 07:43 PM

My first reaction was regular QS black cherry. Through cut cherry looks a heck of a lot different than what you buy off the shelf ( better I think). Similar to this, harvested in MI.

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#7 posted 09-02-2011 10:40 PM

Our west coast native cherry trees aren’t worth much, so if it is a cherry ( and I too think it is) I would gamble on it being from someones fruit bearing tree. Looks nice!

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#8 posted 09-02-2011 10:50 PM

I will be different…Red Gum Euclyptus. I recenlty harvested about 1,000 bd ft and it has the same coloration and some of the the same graining pattern.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#9 posted 09-03-2011 12:36 AM

Great responses. I was thinking this was harvested on the west coast. It could have been a yard tree. Red Gum Eucalyptus?? I will have to look that up. I have only seen it in slabs. It is a nice piece of wood, but I will cut it up anyway – or because it is so nice. I should be able to resaw it into two boards about 5/8” each. or it may be saved for box tops. I know it will sit in my shop for a while so i can admire it. Ira, 1000 BF?? Does this wood have a purpose or is it going to be sold?

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 09-03-2011 10:26 PM

It looks like cherry to me, but I’m far from an expert!! Have you got a shot of the bark or any of the leaves?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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