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Reclaimed Wood Gloat #1: Black Chery & Hophornbeam

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Blog entry by Tony posted 09-10-2011 08:30 PM 2242 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I love to hike, and from time to time I collect branches from fallen trees to make walking sticks. I don’t do it a lot, but I’ve collected enough over the past 3 years that I have plenty in my workshop. I see a lot of fallen trees, and pass up a lot of wood, but this morning was golden. I harvested a nice Black Cherry branch from an even bigger fallen tree. I also came across – for the first time ever – a couple of Hophornbeam that had fallen. One was older and already rotting, but one had been recently flattened by a fallen Red Oak, and it was perfect size for a large walking stick. I have never worked with Hophornbeam, but I’m sure it didn’t get its nickname “Ironwood” for nothing. I’ve already peeled the outer bark and sealed them, and I’ll let them dry for a year or so before doing anything with them.

Tony



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#1 posted 09-13-2011 05:53 AM

Tony,

It’s nice to find and try new woods. Too bad you don’t live around here, you could have branches for a liftetime from our storm damage!

Maybe 1 Thessalonians 5:18 could be fitting for “sticks” collected on our property!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 02:45 PM

L/W,

That is some storm damage! We don’t have nearly that much property, but we have enough woods around our house that give me cause for concern during big storms. I hike frequently, and see a lot of uprooted trees or large branches broken off.

I like the wood burning at the end of your blog entry. I’m a woodburner myself, and on the walking sticks I make, I always burn a Bible verse, the wood’s scientific name + common name, and sign and date it. At one point I did try collecting a whole bunch of branches for walking sticks, but my workspace became so overrun with wood that I had to pare down my stock to only the best specimens. Gave us a lot of firewood, though.

Tony

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 07:40 AM

Tony,

I’ve never heard of hophornbeam but have heard of ironwood, so I had to look it up. I don’t know if it grows around here or not, but research says it grows as far north as southeastern Canada. The pictures don’t look like anything with which we’re familiar. It’s nice to learn new things.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 09-17-2011 03:06 AM

I love studying trees. Around here, Hophornbeam grows all over, but is mostly seen as small, shrubby things. The biggest I’ve seen was about 6” in diameter, although I’ve read it grows bigger.

Bad news on the Black Cherry – apparently it is one of those woods that can’t be peeled before it dries. That beautiful stick on the left side of the photo split end to end in just a few days, even with the ends sealed. I had even left the inner bark intact. The Hophornbeam still appears fine. I’ve encountered a couple of other species that split badly after peeling. Others tolerate it just fine. If I find another Black Cherry branch, I’ll have to let it dry before peeling it.

Tony

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