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Topic tags/keywords: curly lumber curly hackberry hackberry figured lumber

This is my first forum post, so feel free to tell me if there is some etiquette that I’m not following. To the point, though: last year, we came across a downed tree on our land, and we happened to be out cutting a few trees down for lumber anyway, so we cut it up into 10 foot logs and got it sawn into boards. Just a few days ago, I got my late Christmas present, a new Grizzly planer, from my parents in order to get all the lumber we cut into working condition. We found out that this random tree that fell across the path was hackberry. I know it’s not rare, per say, but I wouldn’t call it common, either. Furthermore, my brother and I started planing it the other day, and we found out that our big 8-14” boards were curly… really curly… and through the whole width of the boards. Needless to say, I’ve been jumping for joy for the last few days because we have about 60 of these boards drying up in my barn, and at least half of them have incredible figuring. So I guess my questions are: has anyone ever seen curly Hackberry, and what kind of price do you think I could get for one of these 5/4” x 12” x 10’ boards with great figure all the way through it. Any input is appreciated… Thanks a lot!

EDIT:

Here are a few more pictures… sorry about that!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"


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#1 posted 565 days ago

pics???

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#2 posted 565 days ago

Pictures are almost neccassary

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 565 days ago

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#4 posted 563 days ago

What you have is ash, not hackberry. That is even better as hackberry has spiral grain and is very difficult to dry without twist and warp.

That is beautiful wood. The way that I know that it is ash is that hackberry has very diagnostic wavy bands of pores in the latewood. The wood in the picture does not. Personally, I would set a price of $4.00/BF. I add $.50/BF for anything over 10” wide. That is fair for such unique and beautiful wood. I sell highly figured quartersawn white oak and sycamore for $4.00/BF for 4/4, and it is at least on par with that. I am jealous!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#5 posted 563 days ago

I hate to disagree, but I’m very confident that this is hackberry. That particular board must just look different than ones you’ve seen. The reason why I know is because of the bark… Here’s more pictures of it.

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#6 posted 562 days ago

You are absolutely right! Sorry. The curl messes with the wavy bands in the latewood on the quartersawn face. You can see the wavy band on the last pic of the end grain. That is incredibly stunning wood!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#7 posted 562 days ago

Ah, don’t worry about it. I figured that was the waviness you were talking about. We’ll blame it on bad photography haha. Have you ever seen curly hackberry?

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#8 posted 561 days ago

Never. It is absolutely gorgeous! That is very special wood.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#9 posted 415 days ago

Hackberry is a frequently overlooked wood that can display some amazing character!

Attached is a photo of a bowl I turned from curly spalted hackberry. It is 14”x8”, and one of my favorite pieces.

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#10 posted 415 days ago

Never seen curly hackberry, looks pretty cool!

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#11 posted 415 days ago

The photo doesn’t really do the wood justice. There are parts of this piece (near the bottom, below the spalting) that closely resemble Mother of Pearl.

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#12 posted 415 days ago

What a beautiful piece!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#13 posted 415 days ago

Thanks, I truly appreciate it. All I do is take away the excess wood to reveal what’s hiding .

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