During the snow and ice storm last week I lost a number of trees, including a
few 6-10" diameter Madrone trees. Is there anything more interesting to do
with these then cut them into firewood? I have heard that this wood splits
very easily. It is worth trying to make lumber or ???
Madrone, Madrona or Arbutus (as it's known in West Coast Canada) is a very
dense wood that's nice to use for small projects such as handles and small
boxes. Some have used the wood for larger projects (panels in "art" pieces
etc.) but all-in-all it's not widely used.
Generally if it's going to split it already has. It tends to split
microseconds after it's been cut. I have a piece downstairs cut from a
friends tree and while I'd love to use it...it's split.
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On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 04:27:43 -0800, Fly-by-Night CC
Many years ago I made several small madrone turnings. Candlesticks,
darning eggs, etc. I turned it green and then soaked it immediately in
Raz (Rez?), a wood sealant/finish. They all dried without checks, but
the shapes tended to change quite a bit in the process. Madrone is one
of the most beautiful woods around if you can get it properly dried.
Slab and stack it, Bob. Here is one man who uses it:
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Madrone is a KNOWN bad wood. I can't reveal too much to you here, but the
safest thing that you can do, for yourself, your family and our country is
to have the wood milled out at 5/4 and ship it directy to me.
I would show you the memo regarding the dept of homeland security on this,
but, well, I'd have to kill you.
Ship the wood. No one gets hurt.
(hiding under your bed)
Yep, it got here JUST IN TIME - you were VERY lucky. While we were able to
run most of our decontamination protocols, the security level, for the
public good, must remain at orange.
This means an indefinate quarantine is in order, again, for safety. The
warehousemen at the Department of Homeland Security apparently can't find
the the keys for their secure storage (someone named "Abdul" siad he was
from the CIA and needed to make copies, then vanished - wierd, huh?)
Anyway, upon learning of Dept's storage problem, I graciously volunteered to
store the jointer in my sho-garage....
For America, anything...
PS: You didn't send the extra knives...
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