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Help Identify this Burl #1: Set #1

09-08-2016 12:32 AM by kate82 | 16 comments »

Hello, I have recently come into many burl slabs. As I am not a wood expert, I was hoping yall could help me with identifying these burls. I would be so appreciative. They are older….70’s….. 1. 2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.11.12.13.

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Four-Poster Captain's Bed #1: Introduction to where I am & what I'm doing

09-15-2015 07:41 PM by RobII | 0 comments »

Just got engaged a few months ago and promised my bride-to-be a hand-made captain’s bed (you know, drawers underneath the mattress platform) with corner posts and a canopy with a mirror. Found out they don’t use glass, but it’s still reflective – so it’s OK. Thought I’d start with turned posts and mixed species to give the bed some “character” instead of the much more common square or built-up posts and all the same wood – bleah! Got ...

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What is your favorite wood to work with? Why?

04-06-2011 12:09 AM by reggiek | 25 comments »

This weekend I was able spent some time discussing wood types and benefits with an Arboriculturist and tree biology expert . It was most enlightening. We discussed fibre content, strength and growth characteristics. We discussed color and grain. We discussed ages of trees, sustainability and wood ratings. I was amazed at all the science involved. Anyway, I thought this might be an interesting area to discuss. Perhaps learn something new or interesting about different woods and thei...

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Tree IDs #9: trees I know now

02-26-2010 03:20 PM by Gary Fixler | 6 comments »

I got to thinking tonight about the trees I’ve been learning about this past year, and felt like giving myself a quiz to see which ones I could rattle off from memory. I’ve been learning the genus/species names as I go, too, and sometimes accidentally the family names. Though I’ve ID’d dozens more than this (lemon, avocado, elms, ashes, tons of gums and palms…), and have read through probably a few hundred in tree books and vats of species listed online from my a...

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Wood IDs #16: The American Woods - 350 N. American species specimens

07-15-2009 11:41 PM by Gary Fixler | 6 comments »

I just tumbled into a fantastic vat of info hosted by the Special Collections Research Center of the NCSU Libraries. ”Radial, tangential, and cross-sections of 350 North American woods from the 14-volume rare book The American Woods, published between 1888 and 1910 by the author, Romeyn Beck Hough. The images can be accessed by volume number or by the scientific or common name of each tree.” http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/specialcollections/forestry/hough/index.html The 600DPI i...

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Tree IDs #7: Second mystery tree - Any ideas?

03-14-2009 12:38 AM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

These shots are from late February. I have several more since then backing up in my collection, so it’s time to roll out another mystery tree. I saw this one while paying a ticket at a Santa Monica, CA courthouse (missing front plate – whoops!). I love the swanky designs on its limbs. The leaves remind me a lot of Ficus benjamina (Benjamin fig/Weeping fig), but the trunk and limbs do not. Maybe a cultivar, or some other kind of ficus? Here are several photos, from this Flickr s...

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Tree IDs #6: First mystery tree followup - Orchid Tree (Bauhinia variegata)

03-11-2009 03:45 PM by Gary Fixler | 3 comments »

Our very own socalwood immediately picked off my first mystery tree. It would seem indeed to be a Bauhinia variegata, known commonly as the orchid tree. I took a look through the world of the Bauhinia, and for a time almost thought it was Bauhinia purpurea, The Free Dictionary’s other possibility (entry 1). Apparently I’m not alone in this confusion, but shots of B. purpurea, like the one in the Wikipedia article seem quite different. Another name that occasionally popped up was B...

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Tree IDs #5: First mystery tree - help me ID it!

03-06-2009 12:43 AM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

Status: SOLVED We arrive finally at the trees I don’t know, though there may be a few more I do in later posts in this series. This one seems an ornamental, and it lines some streets in my area. It has very long alternate compound leaves (2’ or more), and the leaflets split in two at their tip, looking like 2 leaves welded into one. This past week or two a few have begun to bloom in large pink flowers. My pics are from several specimens lining a local street. ...

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Tree IDs #4: Silver Birch (Betula pendula)

02-26-2009 05:01 AM by Gary Fixler | 7 comments »

I believe this will be the last of the trees I post in this ongoing series that I’ve already identified. I think it’ll be more fun for me and anyone else following along to go on the hunt for a tree’s name and species along with me than for me to simply post an encyclopedic entry of each tree. I didn’t take proper pics of the 2 or 3 others I’ve identified either, so they’re not worth posting yet anyway. I do intend to follow up identifications with more abo...

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Tree IDs #3: The Coast Coral Tree (Erythrina caffra)

02-23-2009 04:26 PM by Gary Fixler | 2 comments »

I thought I’d get the ball rolling on this Tree ID series with the one I’ve already mentioned in my call-for-interest post. I’ve identified this one, and a very small set of others, and will post those first, as I do not have photos yet of the trees in my area of any that I haven’t managed to track down. The internet has several names for this one, including the coast coral Tree, the coastal coral, the kaffir tree, and the kaffirboom, or kafferboom tree. These last ...

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