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Box Elder

by pontic
posted 08-05-2017 12:29 AM


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AZWoody

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#1 posted 08-05-2017 01:10 AM

I wish I had some of that around here to mill. From every picture I see, it has one of the most unusual coloring patterns I’ve seen in wood. I love the red flame in it.

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marc_rosen

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#2 posted 08-05-2017 01:39 AM

Hey Pontic,
Around here the Flame Box Elder slabs are very expensive. I bought one to do my refrigerator and kitchen closet. They’re pictured on my Projects page. Some other LJers have made some great looking bowls from that stuff. I’m saving the rest of my slab for drawer fronts on my wife’s writing desk. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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JollyGreen67

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#3 posted 08-05-2017 01:43 AM

Box elder bugs doing their thing – making this maple innards red. Some bugs can do beautiful things.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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rodneywt1180b

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#4 posted 08-05-2017 02:13 AM

I don’t know about it’s value but it is some pretty stuff.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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pontic

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#5 posted 08-05-2017 02:20 AM

Actually the red streaks come from stress. The trees that were growing up in the middle of an open field in a windy area, or got torqued by a few tornados( like mine), have the most figure. I have another one that is twisted almost 360 degrees from sheer winds of the few tornado that came thru back in the day.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#6 posted 08-05-2017 03:18 AM

You will have some fine wood for a long time. LOL! Give honor to the tree. Did you plant another?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 08-05-2017 04:19 AM

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 08-05-2017 11:19 AM

You will get some nice boards from that. I have a couple of boards of the red flag box elder that I just love to look at….and waiting to find the perfect project for it.

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pontic

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#9 posted 08-05-2017 11:39 AM

Yes I planted another tree couple of weeks before I cut this one down. Not in the same place, of course.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#10 posted 08-05-2017 11:54 AM

Box elder is my favorite but have never been able to find any.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 08-05-2017 02:00 PM

The flame box elder is a valuable wood with its distinctive grain patterns. I had to cut a tree down also and saved as many pieces as I could. I used it for many projects and only wish I had more.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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JollyGreen67

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#12 posted 08-05-2017 08:38 PM

The box elder (maple kin) bug causes the stress in the tree to make the red. The red color will eventually turn tan to light brown. Google Flame Box Elder to find the skinny. ;o)

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#13 posted 08-06-2017 06:59 PM

Small samples

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#14 posted 08-07-2017 04:04 PM

iirc, the reds can fade rather quickly?

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pontic

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#15 posted 08-07-2017 09:19 PM

How do you keep the reds from fading? I now have 2160bft of the stuff all heavy flamed.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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pontic

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#16 posted 08-07-2017 09:45 PM

Ok. my research tells me that the red flame will become muted over time it will never go away. Also not all species of box elder present to injury with this coloration.when attacked by fungus or wind stress..
Sticking up and air drying is fine.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#17 posted 08-07-2017 09:51 PM

Im curious now… How does it get red(flamed)? I’m really doubtful that boxelder bugs attribute to the color. I understand they only feed on the seed pods of boxelders, maples or ashes…

-- Pete

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#18 posted 08-07-2017 10:12 PM

heres a serious deep read on the subject of the red stain by some serious tree geeks!

https://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/pub/php/research/redstain/

theres plant pathology- who knew?!

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#19 posted 08-07-2017 10:58 PM

Box elders around here usually die before they get that big.

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#20 posted 08-07-2017 11:47 PM

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#21 posted 08-07-2017 11:52 PM

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#22 posted 08-08-2017 12:48 AM

Good Box Elder is priceless.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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pontic

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#23 posted 08-08-2017 02:43 AM

I also have logs that can be cut for turning blanks.
It’s all for sale if anyone is interested?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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JollyGreen67

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#24 posted 08-08-2017 02:48 AM

The Box Elder Bug is one of the that causes the tree to stress, as are many other causes thus the red coloring. To slow the rate of the red color to tan, move the wood out of direct sunlight. My icon is Box Elder Flame. I turned this about 2 years ago and keep it in a bookcase, where it does not get any direct sun or reflected light. So, the rate of color change is very slow.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#25 posted 08-08-2017 09:19 PM



The Box Elder Bug is one of the that causes the tree to stress,

- Jimbo4

idk about the tree, but when i lived in a house with box elder around it, they made me stressed!

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pontic

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#26 posted 08-11-2017 12:04 AM

Should I leave the rest of the logs set up so people interested in cutting turning blanks, come and cut their own?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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