honeysuckle and plum


I recently came into some honeysuckle. It's somewhat viney, but I have several nice straight pieces that are most 6" in diameter. It is very hard, dense and whiteish and thought it might be a nice accent wood for small projects.
Has anyone ever attempted to use this? Tips, pointers, suggestions are welcome.
I also picked up a ton of Plum tree wood, beautiful wood. Very dense and colorful on the inside. Any pointers on this also would be appreciated.
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Consider posting your questions over on the rec.crafts.woodturning newsgroup. Turners use these unusual materials more so than woodworkers of the flat society.
I've no experience with Honeysuckle but have been considering trying it as I've got a very old 5"-6" dia. vine I'm looking to remove. Plum, on the other hand, is a beautiful wood. Though it exhibits the same major characteristic as other fruit woods: cracks easily from drying stresses. Seal the ends well and now - better yet consider cutting the log so the pith is eliminated from both halves then rough cut into slabs or turning blanks, and finally accept the tendency to warp and twist.
Many folks complain about the loss of the deep plum-y coloration with time - though I've not experienced that. Firstly, I boiled my pieces for about an hour and the finished works are not exposed to direct sunlight - one or both of those actions may have helped retain the color.
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