Turning pinion pine

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Forum topic by jtriggs posted 02-23-2018 09:47 PM 725 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2018 09:47 PM

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Does anyone have experience turning pinion pine? I have a friend who’s offered to bring me some from SW Colorado next time he comes through. We were wondering if it looks nice turned and how it behaves.

Does anyone know? Would love some feedback.


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#1 posted 02-23-2018 09:56 PM

Jon, never turn down free wood !!!
(especially wood that is out of your area and different).

there are some videos on YouTube about the “Pinyon Pine” and it looks like
the wood would be highly figured due to its gnarly structure.

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#2 posted 02-23-2018 10:12 PM

+1 for John. Never turn down free wood, save maybe pallet wood. You can learn as you go. Has to have some redeeming qualities!

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#3 posted 02-23-2018 10:45 PM

Off topic but regarding pallet wood you just have to be selective. Custom pallets and crates are often made from hardwood and I have found some pretty nice stuff over the years. I never walk by a discarded pallet without seeing what it is made of.

Back on topic… As long as the pinon is not really cracked or something, it might make some beautiful bowls and other stuff so either mill it or turn it as soon as you can. If it is pretty freshly cut, be prepared for lots of resin. I’ve got a chunk laying around that is now too cracked to turn but I can’t bring myself to throw it out because it looks pretty nice. Perhaps someday I’ll trying using something to fill the cracks so I can use it. (Yes, I hoard wood.)

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