Carob Lumber What to do?

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Blog entry by TheWoodCrafter posted 05-25-2011 12:54 PM 15829 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Any Idea what is the best use of this fresh timber (turning as an example) or maybe better idea.
the tree name is Carob and it is 45 years old.
it use to grow here in Mediterranean countries

Thanks for your help

-- The woodCrafter

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#1 posted 05-25-2011 04:21 PM

those trees grow in arizona, could always smell them when they blossomed..i would be interested in how or what you do with it, grizzman

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#2 posted 05-25-2011 04:30 PM

I am guessing Carob trees make some some sort of nut, or bean, because I know they make a chocolate substitute from Carob for those with chocolate allergies… This is the first time I have ever seen any wood from them… I found a pic on Woodweb of milled Carob wood. It is very nicely grained, with good figure.

What few comments I can find on it say that it is a relatively stable hardwood. There is at least one online vendor that is selling products made from Carob wood. Go ahead mill it up, or turn it. At the worst you are out some time well spent in the shop learning to work with that particular lumber… Even if the project turns out badly, it’s still time well spent…

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#3 posted 05-25-2011 05:28 PM

I recently was given three Carob tree logs, each about 24” D x 9’L. I had much of it sawn into boards, [4/4 and 8/4] and let it dry for two years.
The wood, when finished, will reveal multiple colors, such as tan, red, rust, brown, dark brown and chocolate. With a soft finish, the wood realy is beautiful The board have been used for several stunning wood working projects. A student at a local high school is using one of the board to make a spectaculat free-form low table.
I also cut the crotch pieces into 8/4 & 12/4 for turning. Every piece that has been turned from that wood is absolutely spectacular.
Guard that wood well. Treat it with the most respect. It will reward you with the most beautiful works ever.

BTW, I have only seen the wood available once. and then the price was $25 [US dollars] p/bd/ft

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 05-25-2011 08:13 PM

I should give it a try then and use them for both turning and fine woodworking
I believe that farmers use its beans to get the most $$ out of the tree instead of cutting it just for once
the guy who was owning this beauty was planing to feed it to his fireplace !!
so I bought a same amount of olive tree lumber in exchange for this
the total cost for the whole operation is 70$ only

-- The woodCrafter

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 05:43 PM

I got a few pieces of Carob one time and noticed that it is REALLY hard and dense. I don’t have much of it but I’ve been saving it for plane bodies.

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#6 posted 06-29-2014 08:14 PM

please look at the google carob furniture.
you can make walking stick. baston, shoe racks shoe forms mixers etc… perfect v ery valuable tree.. do not burn it. chopsticks, arrows, spoons. look google, amazon ebay you will see many carob wood products.

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#7 posted 03-14-2018 04:40 PM

Hi there,

I’ m Willem and live in Neo Chorio, Greece. I’m a retired biologist/geologist and for the last twenty years of my career I worked as an independent ‘applied wood specialist’. The Mrs and I moved from the Netherlands to Greece 4 years ago and we found our place here.
We heat our house in winter, using only wood fuel and this is where the story really kicks off. Because Carob wood is much used I get it from the fuelwood yard in substantial chunks, then convert most into fuel but some nice pieces are made into sidetables that I make for enjoyment and give away to friends. Carob is easy to work with given sharp tools and it’s literally there for the taking…

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#8 posted 03-14-2018 04:59 PM

Here are some more pictures: showing what the trunk looks like, and some more.

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