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Forum topic by ScottAlan posted 07-16-2014 06:49 PM 1241 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2014 06:49 PM

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I grew up in Hibbing, MN. A rich iron ore region. The iron ore in the ground is very reddish brown and everything gets that color on it. Roads, sidewalks, lakes, home foundations, etc. Here’s my question.

If I wanted to make a project using lumber from up there, would the iron rich soil taint the color of the wood so I could get a natural iron ore discoloration of the wood before finishing?

I’ve been thinking of making a table with iron ore stones in the tabletop. It would be cool if maple, cherry or oak or other woods would have a northern MN “look” to them also? Could the iron rich water feeding that tree for years make it look different than wood from other regions?


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#1 posted 07-16-2014 07:12 PM

The wood will rust.

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 07:15 PM

I’m in MN – I understand the color your talking about. The wood from northern MN looks the same as it does everywhere else.

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 12:47 AM


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#4 posted 07-17-2014 12:57 AM

There’s mineral staining. I have some hard maple that has it. But it doesn’t appear rust is one of the colors:

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#5 posted 07-17-2014 01:58 AM

If it did, it would be in a mineral staining kind of effect, maybe gray, since iron is gray. Because of the iron in the soil, my mother had grayish teeth, common in her hometown of St. Leo, MN. The tree picks up whatever is in the water, but chemical reactions won’t necessarily draw a color true from the nutrients.

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#6 posted 07-17-2014 02:07 AM

I wonder if I watered my lawn with blood if I could have red teeth? Something to ponder.

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#7 posted 07-17-2014 02:09 AM

Only if you like the taste of grass

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