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Blog entry by Brian Havens posted 08-26-2011 06:31 PM 2217 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got another score, some really beautiful stuff with a lot of spalting in some pieces. The only problem is that it was brought to me without any leave samples, so I am uncertain of the species. Perhaps my pals here at LumberJocks have some clues.

I got two pieces. One looks like it is near the bottom of the trunk, and the other is a crotch piece. I can also add that this tree is (was) in Northern California, in an suburban area, so it is not limited to native species.

A view that shows the bark:

This is the crotch piece. It is the more spalted of the two.

Both pieces after splitting:

The only leave sample I have is a small twig that was growing out of the crotch piece. They are juvenile leaves, about 1/2” long.

These are going to make some beautiful winged bowls from four of the blanks. Perhaps this wood is nice enough to core the larger bowls for some smaller bowls, as it would be a shame to waste any of this. I have not decided what to do with the center section; perhaps a pair of half-and-half (half heartwood/half sapwood) skinny vases.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 06:36 PM

Looks like Gimmee to me.

You gimmee to me!!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 07:53 PM

Check out Pistachio. Do they have a sticky sap at the cuts?

It looks identical to several orchard trees I was given a couple years ago. Look great fresh milled, but did not age well. I had them milled and coated with Anchorseal. They split something terrible. I was able to use a couple of small pieces on the lathe, after inserting lots and lots of CA.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 08-27-2011 03:33 AM

Really nice looking wood!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 08-30-2011 06:03 AM

DaddyZ: I was also thinking that it might be in the ‘me’ family, but I was thinking more along the lines of Allforme’

Pistachio was an excellent guess, but the leaf sample did not fit. (Pistachio is bipinnate)

I am almost certain that what I have is some kind of Apple, probably a species of Crabapple, and more specifically, Flowering Crabapple

Samples from the web:

My leaf sample:

Crabapple leaf

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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