|Forum topic by Karson||posted 10-03-2006 01:25 AM||2070 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-03-2006 01:25 AM
I have a few pieces of an unknown wood. I received a call from the sawyer at my favorite sawmill and he said that he had some wood for me. I went to to get it and this is what I found. The pictures are stored at http://www.flickr.com/photos/karson/ If you click on the picture you get a larger view and the full description of the picture. The sawmill owner said that he had seen this condition in one previous log many years before. The bark has created bark pockets all the way from the center of the log to the outside.
You can see that the surface of the bark does not show any indentation, but when the bark is peeled off you can see the dimple in the wood and in the bark where it goes into the dimple. This condition was present in the log and also in the branch section where it joins the main log.
I only have some slab wood and a couple of boards from the log. The sawmill owner was saving it for a friend. He guessed when he said that it might be Pin Oak. The sawmill is in New Jersey and so I assume that the log was grown in New Jersey and not Pennsalvania or New York. The wood surface does not have any visable pores like oak or walnut. It is closer to maple in the surface look. But, it does have visable pore structure, one of the pictures has a closeup of the sanded surface. The bark pockets go from the interior of the log to the exterior. So that on quarter sawn pieces you might have the total bark trough visable, where as on plain sliced wood the pockets go from front to back. The bark on the wain is starting to crumble off when hit. I have not tried to pick or remove any of the bark from the pockets on the surface. I have not planed any of the wood yet but I assume that a carbide spiral segemented cutter will be required to get a smooth surface without lifting the burl figure from the wood surface. Look at the pictures and tell me what you think.
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