One of these oaks is not like the other

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Project by scottb posted 01-06-2012 04:47 AM 1963 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not about to turn another simple oak stopper… unless theres something remarkable about it.

This oak sure must have grown under tremendous stress. I’m calling it “figured oak” though that might not be the proper terminology. (Maple has varying degrees and descriptions, some other woods seem to have less so)

It’s not a burl (I got it off the firewood pile, courtesy of my father-in-law. It didn’t travel far before I began milling it into something fairly rectangular.) But there is surely a lot of figure in the grain.
It might be hard to tell in these pictures, but the grain is “squiggly” on the quarter sawn faces, almost like it was crushed vertically. Not apparent on the face grain.

The first pictures compare it against yesterdays oak stopper (on the right in the first photo, above in the second).

I’ve already made a couple stoppers with this wood. (And I think I might have traded some of it with a fellow LJ, either in the traveling pen blank/kit box from a few years back, or for something more exotic (to me) from across the country.)

(third from the left) – I put this stopper in the gallery already, but lately I’ve come to think that simpler shapes with very interesting or showy woods are probably better.
K.I.S.S., right?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 05:24 AM

Wow scott you just keep em coming ,very nice.

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 05:35 AM

Scott: The grain of the one that’s not like the other reminded me of a piece of oak that I have. I don’t know what mine is either. The owner of the sawmill had no idea what it was either. he had only seen it one other time. I wish I had gotten the entire tree but all I got were a few scraps. Well really a plank or two and some of the first cuts from the log.

The small dark bulls-eye in the middle of the white loop look the same. My piece has some embedded bark pockets that go through the entire log If you look at the piece of bark that came off you can see how it actually grew out of the log.

You piece doesn’t show any of the bark irregularities. bu the other piece of the wood look close.

The sawmill operator stated that it might be Pin Oak but I’ve never seen any wood identified as that.

The turning looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 05:47 AM

I think that looks like live oak. I live in Austin and live oaks are very prevalent here and the grain looks like that. That said, I don’t think live oak grows way up in the northeast where you guys are. I guess there are hundreds of oak species and maybe there are some others that look like that too, but to me that shouts live oak.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 06:00 AM

Beautiful stoppers and beautiful workmanship and beautiful wood!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 09:57 AM

The beauty of timber Scott is that a tree gives us a platter of samples to enjoy from the roots , the trunk right up to the branches, plus the heart wood to the sap, you could turn a dozen pieces out of a tree & each being distictivley different.
Mother nature beats us hands down every time :: ))
BTW , you have a nice selection of turning there to illustrate my point
well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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