Woods that expell "dirt" when turned

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  1. JAMES L FAY

    JAMES L FAY

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    Hi-Thanks everyone for the help with 2 piece walking sticks-I am making progress. I will explain the results when I find the best way to join 2 18" "Sticks".


    I was just turning some AFRICAN LEADWOOD and it reminds me of CHECHEN-when turned, there is a cloud of DIRT!!! Does the tree encompass/absorb the actual soil? Perhaps I should ask a Botanist... I just find it very odd to say the least. Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. MichaelMouse

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    Dirt or just dust? Dirt is pretty much silicon oxide the world around, and it will regrind your edge for you in quick order. Dust might not.
     
  3. Joe Greiner

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    The wood in a tree, while growing, will encapsulate any foreign objects. Dirt high in the trunk would be unusual; in a root ball, almost guaranteed - pebbles, too. A chat with a botanist might provide some enlightenment, with the specimen in hand.

    Most sawyers refuse to cut non-plantation trees, without indemnification for blade replacement. Arborists often find all manner of inclusions - barbed wire, horseshoes, railroad spikes, and the like. Such sabotage is a favorite trick of environmental terrorists.

    And what he said.
     
  4. Grant Wilkinson

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    If you search on "cane" on the Lee Valley site, you will see a few different couplers to join the two pieces.
     
  5. Jim King

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    Dirt in wood

    Haveing over 20 years experience in processing wood in the Amazon I can assure you that there are several species here that will have soil pockets in the logs. Real dirt. I dont know how or why but they do exist. My guess would be first that it was inscect born and deposited in growing trees and other than than that I have no idea.

    In addition several woods such as Black Ipe have an extremely high silica content thruout the wood and when working the wood sparks actually fly.
     
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