No experience working with it, but there's one growing in the front
yard. Had a tree guy out to thin out some stuff a few years ago, and
he pointed out two trees on the property that are rare around here.
One was the Kentucky Coffee Tree, and the other a Mimosa. I thought
the first was a locust or some such - a weed, and the other I couldn't
see for the vines growing all over it. Now they're my two favorite
trees. It's funny how someone telling you you have something rare
tends to make you value it more. Kind of like the Antiques Roadshow,
but in wood. ;)
"RonB" > 8 to 10" long. Widest is about 12". It has an attractive Oak or
I have worked several pieces with Kentucky Coffee Tree. It works like
walnut and has
a bit of chatoyance. Its a nice light rose tone untill oil finish touches
it, then it resmbles red oak in color.
I used water base urethane with no stain and the wood kept the slightly
rosey hue. Very nice.
Kentucky Coffee Tree is the state tree in Kentucky. The leaves and beans
strongly resemble Catalpa.
Jim in the Bluegrass
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