View Full Version : Wood Gloat!!

Ben Werner
08-02-2006, 11:01 AM
Got this wood from my vet :D there was a large blowdown on her property, and well its mine now. Didnt even make a dent in how much they have. The fat logs are blackwalnut and then I think theres a piece of hickory mixed in and then i'm not sure what those yellowy logs are... any idea???
I'll be getting about 15 ft of maple later and then some cherry and other stuff.
heres my question: which of the following woods are good to turn??
black locust
red oak
shagbark hickory
Kentucky Yellow-wood (I think thats what the yellow wood is)

BTW that trailer is 4*8

Reed Gray
08-02-2006, 11:42 AM
Nice score. Black Locust is hard, but the color is nice, and it shines nicely when done. It is also supposed to glow under uv lights. Some people are allergic to it. I have one friend who reacts to it when it is green but not when it is dry. Red Oak has nice color, but I have trouble selling any oak. The red Oak is porous, and can leak with liquids. I don't know about the Kentucky yellow wood. Does it have any smell? I can't tell anything from the bark. Some yellow woods will darken considerably with age. I would love to get my hands on some hickory, but there is very little of it out here in Oregon.
robo hippy

Aaron D Miller
08-02-2006, 4:16 PM
The yellow wood looks an awful lot like mulberry.

Mark Cothren
08-02-2006, 4:35 PM
The mulberry I have is a dark heartwood. I got a piece of it from Joe Meazle.

I haven't seen any Mimosa cut - I guess that's not what it is??? The ones I remember seeing are kinda smooth-barked like that log.

Kurt Rosenzweig
08-02-2006, 5:24 PM
Looks like holly to me! Holly has no odor also! The smooth bark has me leaning that way. Never heard of Kentucky yellow wood.

John Shuk
08-02-2006, 5:31 PM
It is a bit yellow but could be Norway maple. Nice haul whatever it is.

Jim Ketron
08-02-2006, 5:37 PM
Looks a lot like Poplar to me.
Nice Haul Ben!

Bernie Weishapl
08-02-2006, 5:48 PM
Nice haul Ben. You should have enough wood to keep you busy for some time to come.

Dick Parr
08-02-2006, 6:52 PM
Nice score Ben..:eek: ;)

Ken Fitzgerald
08-02-2006, 7:02 PM
The bark reminds me a little of english walnut.

Ben Werner
08-02-2006, 7:22 PM
well the yellow wood is very fragrent, so it cant be those trees you said which had no odor, though I guess it could loose its fragrence once it dries. Hows poplar turn?? the one time I tried it was all stringy and horrible.
Well I've been workin on a walnut bowl :D should be done today or tommorow, I'll post pics of it once its done. the owner said it was kentucky yellow wood.... so thats I guess what it is.

Thanks reed on the info bout the wood. any one else know anything bout these woods for turning:confused:??
black locust
red oak
shagbark hickory

Reed Gray
08-02-2006, 7:35 PM
Well, the smooth bark is similar to holly, but the wood doesn't look like holly to me, as holly is usually white, or grey, and sometimes some green in it. I did get some scented yellow wood once that smelled very sweet, and someone told me it was china berry. I have seen mulberry that was yellowish, but the bark was rougher.
robo hippy

Jim Ketron
08-02-2006, 7:57 PM
Black Locust is a very hard wood when dry! It can have some nice grain try it and see what you think of it.

Red Oak will move a lot when drying, also if you turn it green clean your tools/lathe imediatly after turning if left for very long it will rust your tools over nite with some aweful black rust that will eat pits in the metal really fast. Personaly I dont like it for turning and probably wont turn any more of it for that reason unless its almost dry!

Shagbark Hickory, I have not turned any of it yet but it should make some nice looking stuff.

Andy Hoyt
08-02-2006, 8:01 PM
I totally suck at Wood IDing.; but I'll take a stab for fun.


John Shuk
08-02-2006, 8:05 PM
If it has very little weight to it I could call it sumac. Not the poison variety so don't worry. Sumac is fragrant (if you want to call it that).

john whittaker
08-02-2006, 8:33 PM
I'll take a stab and guess......
American Yellowwood
Cladrastis kentuckea or Cladrastis lutea

I never heard of this tree before but a search yielded a picture of your wood. Smooth grey bark, hint of yellow in wood. Tree has clusters of fragrant pea like white flowers.

Says wood is very brittle and to plant it away from the house because of wind damage.

Hmmmm..learn something new here every day.

Tom Sherman
08-02-2006, 10:23 PM
Great score on the wood

Ben Werner
08-02-2006, 10:28 PM
John I think you got it!! sounds right! it was blown down by wind damage... but so were some maple and black walnut trees.
Well finished the bowl, I'll make a new thread for it :D
Thanks all

Philip Duffy
08-03-2006, 6:18 AM
Looks like holly to me! Holly has no odor also! The smooth bark has me leaning that way. Never heard of Kentucky yellow wood.
Kurt, Holly is white, or nearly so, with some blue stain streaks or other motled colors. Phil

Kurt Rosenzweig
08-03-2006, 8:11 AM
Kurt, Holly is white, or nearly so, with some blue stain streaks or other mottled colors. Phil
I know! I have a yard full! The picture didn't look yellow. Must be my monitor. Oh well!

Corey Hallagan
08-03-2006, 8:54 PM
Great gloat! I am sure you will put it to good use!!


Anthony Yakonick
08-03-2006, 9:47 PM
Yellowwood is correct, nice to turn, stays yellow! Seal the ends well, it will check.