What is this wood???

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Diane

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Can anyone identify this wood: A friend of mine cut it in south Alabama. It has little knobs all over it and some of the knobs have sharp brier 'pookies' on them. There is a very thin green layer under the bark. I have it drying now but didn't want to turn it until I know if it's poisonous or will irritate my skin.

Any ideas what it is? TY
 

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Something I don't think I want to mess with. I've never seen a piece of wood like this nor have I ever heard of anything like this. Once dry and you try to turn it I would suggest a very good respirator and long sleeve shirt and long pants and gloves. And shower as soon as you've finished. You might check with a local forest service if there's one near by. Might be something in the mesquite family but I'm not an expert.
 

jttheclockman

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If it has briars it is Mother Natures way of protecting it and I would not mess with it. Not worth the effort.
 

mark james

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How thick is the piece you have? I'm wondering if this is from a shrub or a tree? Even an old vine will get pretty thick. Any additional hints would help. Looks nasty :wink:, but hey, prickers will turn off.
 

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Just thinking out loud...….would make a great "Hard to write with" pen.

Cut a piece and put it on the lathe...….turn a nib and round of the back. Drill for a Bic ink fill and place it where the kids can find out that it isn't to be touched, LOL
 

KLJ

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After a google search I think it is a silk floss tree. It is a very interesting tree from South America that is being used as an ornamental tree for its flowers and is said to be common in the warmer southern states.
 

Edgar

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We need Edgar on this one. Perhaps it’s tickletongue.

I’m pretty sure that’s correct. Commonly known as Prickly Ash. Also called Tickle Tongue or Hercules Club.

I’ve cut a number of pen blanks from PA and I’ve got a pretty good sized one about 6” diameter drying in my wood shed. It’s fairly plain wood, but turns well & makes a good conversation piece. Keep a photo of the original pics with the knobs & thorns.
 
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