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I'm new here, so I don't know if this topic has been addressed or not. I have used good old ubiquitous Idaho sagebrush for woodcarvings and bases, and I'm wondering if anyone else has any experience with it. We have some areas here where sagebrush grows 10-12 feet tall, and gets quite big. Cross section slabs make very unique bases for carvings, and slabs have some beautiful grain in them. It's about as hard as pine, but a lot more porous. I put some tung oil on top of a slab about an inch thick, and it soaked all the way through overnight. Other finishes would probably work better. Let me know what your experiences are.
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My experiences with Arizona native woods are that they are harder than a rock lol, beautiful woods tho!
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My experiences with Arizona native woods are that they are harder than a rock lol, beautiful woods tho!
A friend of mine gave me a piece of Arizona ironwood, and I know wherof you speak. Holds an edge like metal, and dulls your tools in a jiffy. It sure finishes up fine though. I suppose it's pretty hard to come by down there isn't it? I know it grows so slowly that it takes years to mature, and is protected by law. We have a tree(shrub)here called mountain mahogany that's almost as hard as ironwood, but grows at high altitude. It's light in color on the outside, and darker toward the center. Makes bautiful turnings and carvings. I've made several interesting belt buckles from it.
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Legba: Beautiful grain in those carvings. You can find a lot of neat figure that you didn't expect when you saw into sagebrush. I sawed through a knot in a piece of sage once, and it had the shape of an eye, with figured wood where the pupil would be, and dark unfigured wood surrounding the center. Made for a very interesting belt buckle.
up some more pics if you have them. Those are neat.
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Are you sure you're not talking about Juniper? Most forms of desert sage do not get more than 2 ft. high and 1 inch in diameter.
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Yup it's sagebrush. Artimisia tridentata
Grows up to 10 feet tall, however in the Treasure valley area it's from 2 to 7 feet tall.
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More spoons, the big one is about 16 inches or so long.
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Whatever it is, sure makes for some beautiful pieces. Love the Gain colors.

Thanks for sharing your work Legba.
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Are you sure you're not talking about Juniper? Most forms of desert sage do not get more than 2 ft. high and 1 inch in diameter.
Definitely not juniper. I've ridden horseback through areas of sagebrush that you had to look up 3 or 4 feet to see the tops. However, I agree that a great percentage of sagebrush is as you described it. The big stuff usually grows in areas that are specifically conducive to large growth.
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Man does that wood have fantastic grain patterns, thanks for sharing the pic's
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