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Project by Seer posted 02-04-2010 12:56 AM 5197 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pics from a piece of the Desert Ironwood haul I got a couple of months ago. I was over at Jasonr’s and he said to try out his new carbide blade so we did. It cut like the ironwood was pine and the surface of the wood actually appeared as though it had gone through a planer. I have pictures here with DNA on them to bring out the grain for you to see hope you like them. I am still figuring out what to do with this much ironwood. The first pic is before the dna was applied and the 2nd pic is the same piece with dna.



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#1 posted 02-04-2010 01:03 AM

Thats some good looking material


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#2 posted 02-04-2010 01:49 AM

What is desert ironwood


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#3 posted 02-04-2010 01:55 AM

A very hard, dense wood that only grows in the Sonora Desert in washes and such. When I say hard this wood will not float when dropped in water but it polishes up nicely. I have made a few pens out of this and they are beautiful.


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#4 posted 02-04-2010 02:23 AM

Unfortunately Arizona is a bit of a distance from MN, but I do have a chainsaw. Looks like it will be a fun project. Before I had a chainsaw, I would just ask a neighbor if I could borrow his, then return it sharpened so he would loan it to me again. Look forward to seeing some projects from it.
Good luck

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 02:32 AM

Nice find, I found some intersting pics of the wood here:,%20desert.htm

Thanx for the post and borrow a chainsaw :)

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 02:48 AM

Where-o-where are these unusual and beautiful wood? I have never seen anything that would even come close to these in lumber yeards or Woodcraft which is just about the only source of stuff like that! It would be too cool to make end tables, bedside night stands and a coffee table. I’ve always wanted to make something like that. I really envy you for finding them.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#7 posted 02-04-2010 03:11 AM

I have quite a bit of ironwood also. I haven’t milled any on my sawmill yet, but I have a 6 foot ironwood log waiting. Now if I only had a very hefty crane to lift it! I imagine you live in Tucson or close by. Send me a message privately and we can talk about that chainsaw. Beautiful wood, I still need to send some to my buddy RJ out in California….

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#8 posted 02-04-2010 04:55 AM

thats a nice bit of wood good score

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#9 posted 02-04-2010 12:42 PM

this pen is made of ironwood—thanks Karson—
The wood is really special stuff if I remember correctly. Karson wrote about it somewhere. Hard to get your hands on the stuff.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 02-05-2010 01:01 AM

New wood is always fun to dive into. Then after you see what you have, you have the problem of deciding what you are going to do with it.

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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