|Forum topic by Yonak||posted 08-08-2014 02:05 PM||541 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
08-08-2014 02:05 PM
I’ve had a small stack of persimmon boards hanging around without a project. I’ve never worked persimmon and really didn’t know what it looked like so I thought I’d open some up to see. I got a big surprise that I don’t know what to make of.
Before it was planed it looked pretty white, without real character, and I figured it was just a nondescript nut wood. When I planed it, this was what saw inside :
Not all the boards are this gray but a good many of them are. What, in the surfaced board, looks like it could be sapwood is what remains of an envelope of white that surrounded every board. Here’s an end view :
On the edges can be seen the thin layer of white that was on all surfaces, even in some nicks and gouges in some of the boards, before surfacing. Obviously that white layer got there somehow after the boards were cut. I wonder what it’s about. Here’s a shot of the cut ends of unsurfaced boards :
I don’t know if the boards were kiln dried but, maybe, the white layer was part of some kind of chemical treatment. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
-- Practicing unfamiliar techniques on scrap before committing to the real piece leads to safe and reliable results.