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02-05-2008 05:05 PM

Good morning everyone. Over the weekend I walked past a wood pile on my fiancé’s farm and found some wood that caught my eye. I knew it was spaled, and I think its maple, but not 100% sure. After knocking the bark off, so I could put it in the back of her car, I could see the unique pattern. After taking the pieces home, I returned to the farm to see if I could locate the rest of the tree and sure enough I found most of the tree. Please help me with determining the type of wood and if you have any ideas what to make out of it. I have about 10 pieces ranging in size and then the trunk of the tree, which is about 6’ long and 3’ in diameter. Thanks for your input and have a good day.



-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#1 posted 02-05-2008 05:51 PM

Whatever it is you should come up with some neat projects.

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#2 posted 02-05-2008 05:55 PM

Looks good as a paperweight?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-05-2008 06:11 PM

If you’re a turning, that would sure make some very cool looking bowls or vases. If you’re not, now is a good time to learn!

-- Craig, (Where Information meets Inspiration)

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#4 posted 02-05-2008 06:16 PM

Measurements? Looking at it in the picture with the magazines behind it,trying to judge the size, perhaps a lamp of some sort, something that still shows off the character.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 02-05-2008 06:26 PM

Thanks for the ideas so far. I would love to turn some of the pieces, but w/o a lathe, I don’t have that option. Does anyone know someone in the Charlotte area that has a lathe and might be interested in turning some stuff?

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#6 posted 02-05-2008 06:37 PM

Get somebody to take a slice or two off the trunk to see what you get. The branch wood should be great for turning. Though the piece in the picture looks almost too cool to touch … Maybe the lamp idea is the way to go.

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#7 posted 02-05-2008 06:44 PM

All of the pieces I have looks like the one in the picture. The trunk doesn’t have this pattern, but it is spalted. I might go with the lamp idea for this one.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#8 posted 02-05-2008 07:30 PM

Is it really dense? It might be Musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana)?

-- Tony, Ohio

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#9 posted 02-05-2008 07:46 PM

We’ve got some jocks around here that take stuff like this and just sand and finish them in their natural artistic state. Makes for some cool lamps and wall hangings.

Look up “Frank” for one.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#10 posted 02-05-2008 08:13 PM

slice it in half and make 2 wall sconces/art pieces out of it

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

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#11 posted 02-05-2008 09:23 PM

I don’t know. I posted a blog over a year ago about some wood that I got at a saw mill and the owner didn’t know what it was either.

You can see by the piece of bark above this piece the indentations seem be be the same as you have.

The sawmill owner thought it might be pin oak. It does seem to have an Oak texture to the wood. But it is totally covered through with the bark pockets.

The whole tree was like this. he wouldn’t sell it to me. I had to rip off a couple of pieces from his scrap pile.

-- 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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#12 posted 02-06-2008 02:07 AM

Just to let everyone know….it is box elder. I am having some turned and when it gets back I’ll post some pics.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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