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Just cool wood

Postby spudmunkey » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:48 pm

Thought it could be neat to have a place to post an occasional photo of some neat pieces of wood that may or may not have anything to do with musical instruments at all. Just a, "Thanks, Mother Nature!" I suppose.

Was at Woodcraft earlier today and saw these 7-8 ft tall log slices of purpleheart.

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A few months ago I was at a local custom furniture factory, and they had this hunk of Buckeye Burl hanging on the wall, about 4-5 feet wide (maybe bigger).

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re: Just cool wood

Postby DesmoBob » Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:40 am

That purple heart looks like it has some flame in it.

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re: Just cool wood

Postby Praiser » Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:59 pm

A few years ago a large limb was blown out of one of our 2 Black Walnut trees.
This is what was exposed at the base of the limb. I thought it was super cool looking so I snapped a couple of pics.
Amazingly I was able to find them and get one into this thread that Spud made just for things like this.

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re: Just cool wood

Postby spudmunkey » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:00 pm

Large Willow burl I saw in a showroom at a custom furniture maker's office today.


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re: Just cool wood

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Re: Just cool wood

Postby spudmunkey » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:21 pm

So, veneer is so inconsequential to some companies that they will use big sheets like this flamed sycamore as BACKING veneer (to keep balanced support on the front and back, to prevent sagging/cupping) on a desk. :)

This is a desk I delivered this morning for a client. During assembly on site, all three of the installers asked at least twice if I was sure that this was the bottom. :lol:

And for those interested, the desk's top is just a boring plain-sliced hickory veneer that didn't even have much "hickory" character to it. Not even worth photographing...especially because the maker made it wrong (facepalm) anyways...

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Re: Just cool wood

Postby Coda » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:57 am

(Found on Facebook)

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Re: Just cool wood

Postby spudmunkey » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:59 pm

Seen at a custome furniture factory today:

A dead, standing walnut tree trunk with a decent-sized burl. We don't know if fire is what killed it, but at some point it was damaged by fire. The coloring if the wood as seen in the cuts was like deep rich caramel-ized sugar (my pic didn't turn out. :( ) This whole thing was probably about 10ft tall.
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I think this is a slice of a maple burl. It wasn't labelled, and i didn't get a chance to ask. Diameter is about 3.5-4-ish feet at the widest point.
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Re: Just cool wood

Postby Doctor Doug » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:10 am

Coda wrote:(Found on Facebook)

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Are you sure this is wood? It looks like someone might have built a dollhouse out of bacon! :shock:

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Re: Just cool wood

Postby Coda » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:29 pm

^^^ :laughhard: :laughhard: :laughhard: :laughhard: :laughhard: :laughhard: :laughhard: :laughhard: ^^^
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Re: Just cool wood

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:20 am

Walnut, or stained maple. What do you think, sirs?

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Re: Just cool wood

Postby Praiser » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:09 am

I lean towards Walnut, but just barely and with only minimal justification.
The grain on the middle section. below the flamed part, just looks more like Walnut grain structure than Maple to me.
Wouldn't swear to it in a court of law, though.
Very cool looking regardless.
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Re: Just cool wood

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:52 pm

"Scrap" figured wood veneer used on the underside of a table.

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Re: Just cool wood

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:48 am

So ya think that alder is a plain unfigured wood good only for colored/opaque finishes?

I give you--one of the coolest alder superstrats on earth (unless the guy is mistaken and it's ash.. which based on the figure wouldn't totally surprise me):
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Not only is it clear on alder, it's a satin finish on alder, which usually doesn't bring out the figure the way a "deep clear" poly does. Really cool Bolt Plus. Rosewood board. Hardtail. Looks like it might be a 1 pc body. Wicked.

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Ah to have limitless disposable cash. Ah to be wealthy.

EDIT: might as well throw in a couple other "woody" lookers I saw on Verb, both in koa, both sadly with Wilkies:

TL60:
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and a REALLY well figured Bolt PLus, with the cut of wood sending out code thru its figure saying "I'm one of the great sounding ones!"
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It's not that it's the most captivating looking cut of koa (its not shabby either), but most of the really incredible sounding koa guitars I've played (including my old Carvin) have that vertical pattern of grain figure. Great deep rich old growth color too! (Satin finish--imagine with a poly clear!)
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Re: Just cool wood

Postby gumbynotpokey » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:47 pm

where's xjbebop when you need him?
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