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Old 08-03-2011, 12:00 AM
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Somebody gave me this piece of wood. I have no idea what it is, but it's been sitting here on the bench for over a year. I originally thought I'd cut it into smaller pieces for little dogs or something. But when I started taking the bark off, I discovered that it's very interesting wood.

As I said, I don't know what it is. It has a pretty distinct odor, though. My wife says it smells like soap. The heartwood is a light reddish brown, similar to cedar. The wood doesn't carve like cedar, though. Cutting the end grain is somewhat difficult. Cutting with the grain is very nice. It cuts easier than the fruit woods I've worked with. Not as easy as basswood. Fairly tight grain. It doesn't splinter like walnut and mesquite.

(After looking around a bit, I'm more than half convinced that this is some type of cedar. It didn't carve or smell like any cedar I've ever worked with before but then I've had pretty limited experience.)

If you can identify the type of wood, I'd sure like to know. I want more of this wood!

In any case, I used my bench knife to carve off the bark that seemed to want to come off easily. After that, this tower was pretty obvious in what was left.

The piece is 9 inches tall and about 2 inches in diameter. I'm done carving on it, but haven't put a finish on it. Now I have to decide on a base. I'm thinking about relief carving a moat in a piece of something (maple or poplar come to mind) and adding a drawbridge. But I'm more than happy to take suggestions.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:58 AM
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Hi Jim,
The "castle" tower came out good. Can't help you identify the wood but it looks beautiful and I can see why you'd like to find some more.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:28 AM
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Thank you, Dan. I had fun with this one. Sure was weird carving the different sections of wood. Pulling a V-tool across from the sapwood to the heartwood was ... interesting.

I really do hope somebody can identify the wood.
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Nice tower. I really don't know what the wood is but it sure is pretty!

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Hi Jim, That is really neat looking. I totally agree with you on the moat and bridge! That would really set it off.
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Really neat idea for that piece of wood! I like it!
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Hi, Jim......a neat carving and a neat piece of wood you have there.....perfect for the tower you carved. If you decide to go with your moat ideas, I'd love to see the whole thing together. This is a beautiful piece of wood, but I can't help you either. Bonnie
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Hi Jim, Nice wood for your tower, and it looks like the coloration in some Diamond Willow that I have seen.

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I don't know what it is. It has a pretty distinct odor, though. My wife says it smells like soap. The heartwood is a light reddish brown, similar to cedar. The wood doesn't carve like cedar, though. Cutting the end grain is somewhat difficult. Cutting with the grain is very nice. It cuts easier than the fruit woods I've worked with. Not as easy as basswood. Fairly tight grain. It doesn't splinter like walnut and mesquite.
Red/brown heartwood, lighter towards the outside. Smells like soap.

Lilac, perhaps? That's a nice carving wood.

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I like it! I don't know the wood either. The bark almost looks like a weeping willow?
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