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Forum topic by Dustgineer posted 10-18-2014 05:15 PM 1226 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2014 05:15 PM

Hi everyone. We recently had a big storm here in North Texas, so I went out scavenging for some things to turn on my new lathe. I found some elm, oak, pecan and pear, as well as some wood I’m not familiar with. I also may have found a gold mine so to speak, not sure.

I called a local tree service and it so happens the owner throws the trees out on his land instead of taking them to the landfill. I found more pecan, black oak and pear there. Some of it has started to spalt. But the main reason for my post is something he had in his trailer for about a year. He said it is hackberry. It is 15-20” in diameter, fairly round and every piece has magnificent spalting in it. For those more knowledgeable than me, does this wood look like hackberry? It is hard for me to tell without the bark. Does anyone have any experience turning it? There is some pecan mixed in, but most of it (8-10 pcs) are supposed to be hackberry.



-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#1 posted 10-18-2014 06:52 PM

I’m getting to old to stand on my head!

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#2 posted 10-18-2014 07:34 PM

Lucky? I would say so.
Cannot tell what species of wood you have there from pictures but Hackberry similar to Elm. Have seen both smooth and rough bark on Hackberry trees just assume depends upon age of the tree. Should turn nicely if wood has not rotten beyond saving.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 10-18-2014 09:26 PM

I’ll take luck over skill any day. Nice catch!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 10-18-2014 09:55 PM

Geez, If you want as much wood as you want, you are welcome to pick up the thousands of board feet we clean up or lop down every year.

Too bad you are too far away and don’t ant larger logs.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 10-18-2014 10:08 PM

I have turned down the smallest log and it’s solid, but does have some voids and worm/insect holes. Spalting looks good. Hope to get outside of a vase shaped this weekend. Will have to wait for the deep hollowing tool I ordered to do inside.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#6 posted 10-19-2014 03:01 AM

I believe this was hackberry, pretty common in my area.

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#7 posted 10-19-2014 12:49 PM

The bigger logs in the truck actually look a lot like the maple I took down a few years back. Even the spalting patterns are about the same. The small log on top in the truck, which is the one you turned, looks more like something like mesquite, but I am guessing on that.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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