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Blackie_

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10-09-2012 05:35 PM

A question about woods and genders, I didn’t realize there was a gender for wood types including spalted and or colors, I’d like some help in this area, what woods types, colors are considered feminine? What are considered masculine?

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I think I stated my question wrong, I wasn’t asking which trees are males and which or females, what I meant which woods are for ladies and which or for men.

Thanks
Blackie

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 05:37 PM

This is a new one on me too.

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 05:40 PM

New one for me. Definitely will be on watch list.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 05:46 PM

New one for me too! Can’t wait to hear the results on this.

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huff

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#4 posted 10-09-2012 05:51 PM

“Lacewood” for the ladies?

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#5 posted 10-09-2012 05:53 PM

Hopefully someone can direct this group to a higher plane? LOL! Gonna google it.

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#6 posted 10-09-2012 06:07 PM

Randy, there is only one thing I learned about genders of wood and that is for the box elder tree. I was told by the HA Irish tree service that the red wood in a box elder tree only comes from the female box elder. Don’t ask me how to tell a male from a female tree, though. But they know that! It might be the one that drops the seeds????
.......................Jim

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#7 posted 10-09-2012 06:09 PM

Nothing on wikepedia. Some general info on google. Oaks have bothe flowers..male and female. Same issue regarding cottonwoods. Male trees produce the pollen…LOL! Females do not. some trees have both sexes. Didn’t see anything on wood color or tree health.

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 06:10 PM

i knew certain trees have genders, but I never connected it to the idea that the wood could be different. I will be watching for more too.

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 10-09-2012 06:21 PM

Jim, that is not the question I meant, perhaps I didn’t state my question correctly, I meant what woods are for gentlemen and what woods are for ladies? Sorry for the confusion

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#10 posted 10-09-2012 06:25 PM

Randy, are you asking if the actual trees have different wood based on tree gender, or are you asking which wood

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#11 posted 10-09-2012 06:27 PM

I’ve never looked at a wood and said “oh, no, that’s not for ladies”...I like all of them. I’ve never heard of distinguishing woods in this manner.

Stretching to find one here, maybe guys wouldn’t like pink ivory, but it’s used to make very nice-sounding pennywhistles and none of the male whistlers I know have ever objected to its color.

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#12 posted 10-09-2012 06:28 PM

Glad to hear that. I was afraid I would have to make 2 separate scrap piles for equal rights :-)

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#13 posted 10-09-2012 06:32 PM

Repost from the project page

Well, as far as I know, brown or grayish woods seem far more masculine than purple or red woods. I can’t really explain better than what I did on the post above (because I have little time to really educate myself in these design and function considerations at this time), but the harmony of the grain and tonality of the wood play a big part. Purple or dark brown Walnut/ Walnut burl seems OK for jewelry boxes, as Madrone or Vavona (Redwood), but wood with more of a brown-gray-black-ish color like this hackberry feels less warm (hence less feminine) and seems better for masculine items: golden colored wood for example, as Camphor Burl, sounds absolutely like a man box wood.

Since I first landed here on LJs, I’ve set up an extensive collection of project images to get inspiration from (and ripoff an idea or two :p), among which these:

37639 ,
38729 ,
39348 ,
41582 ,

and this astounding one:
49449
which feels very manly (due to the tone of the woods and the bookmatches),

51675 too quite obviously, as it’s made for cufflinks,

while the extremely complicated
68954 and
69293
use darker woods, like the recent
72009

these last three are definitely for ladies.

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#14 posted 10-09-2012 06:33 PM

Blackie, I’ve heard people say that oak is more of a masculine wood. Is that what you’re referring to? I don’t know if there is a guideline on the different woods or not. Still interested to hear what others say. I think this could be a good thread. I built a number of projects for a Doctor and we always used different woods, so when it came time to design and build a home office for his wife, he asked me what I thought we should use for wood. I told him I thought Cherry was an elegant wood and that would work for her office. He thought elegant was good, so we built it out of Cherry. I have no idea where that came from, but it sounded good at the time and it closed the sale for me.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#15 posted 10-09-2012 06:55 PM

I believe your question here was generated by a comment made on your last project posting, which I found quite pleasing, personally.

IMHO, had you used spalted Hackberry in conjuction with your Lotus Flower Design box it would not have garnered that particular comment.

Wood species, as far as gender specific, is most probably a personal choice, as is high gloss or matt finishes.

When you put your work out there for observation, you will recieve opinions and suggestions and for the most part are offered to be helpful.

It’s up to you to cull these and apply those that you feel will impact future endeavors positively.

My woodworking experience, cumulatively, spans 3 generations with no recallections of gender specific wood species.

However thought provoking this comment was, take it for what it’s worth and keep on making those beautiful boxes.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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