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Old 05-09-2018, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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A nice gentleman at church heard we were turning pens and brought me some pieces hed had stashed in his wood shop for 20-30 years. I have NO clue what species it is, but it did make a pretty pen. My first burl. But what is it?
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Very nice burl ! No idea what it is , but I think you owe him a pen . Is it very hard , or soft ?
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He gave us a different slab of a gorgeous burl, but its pretty thin, just about 1/2 inch. I glued some popsicle sticks to it to help stabilize so we could get it drilled safely and we did turn a beautiful Creekline pen for him, which we gave to him tonight but forgot to photograph first. He was tickled pink.

The other burl I used for the pen in the pic made a little larger blank. I still have one more. Its pretty soft, I think, but Im new to all this so I dont have much experience.
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Could it be Spanish Oak Burl? I turned some that looked similar.
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Could be olive burl as it has some of the olive look in color.
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My guess is spalted maple of some kind. Hard to say though. For wood IDs, sometimes end-grain pics can help (not always with burls), also relative hardness and weight/density can be help (compare to known common woods).

Here are a few from IAP that I think look similar:

Stabilized Spalted Ambrosia Maple
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Busy Day Cigar Pens in NH (see pen #9)
Simple Maple Clicker
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Thanks for the input! I thought if I had a few ideas to toss around with him it might jog his memory.

Those pens are beautiful and mine is definitely not in the same class. I do think it looks like mine is similar to the maple ones, maybe.
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I have no idea, but it sure turned out nice. Great job
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Excellent Pen Donna,
I can't help you, with your question "What is it?" other than to say, "Beautiful".
Nicely Turned, Fitted and Finished.
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My questions weren`t as precise as they should have been . Is there a difference in hardness between the light and dark areas in hardness , as measured by pushing on it with a fingernail ? Very soft wood will dent easily with minimal pressure , hard wood will show very little , even with high pressure . Not a very scientific test but it does provide some information .

Is the black line around the `tooth` area a void , a bark inclusion line , or a spalt line ? If a void , you did very well to keep it all together . Doesn`t really look like spalt when I blow the picture up , and certainly not like any maple I have , but I don`t have it all . Bark might be a bit softer than the adjacent wood .

Good idea to jog his memory any way you can . Delighted you were able to use the half inch material . Many wouldn`t even try .

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