[NAFEX] Apple wood
Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Fri Feb 20 12:45:04 EST 2004
You might also ask Del Stubbs about his experiences using fruit wood. He and his wife are both very accomplished carvers/turners. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn. (USDA zone 4b)
From: Andrew Bell [mailto:acbell at iastate.edu]
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 11:35 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Apple wood
At 06:15 PM 2/19/2004, you wrote:
> The point of all this is to ask if there are any woodworkers/carvers who
>have used apple, and if you have noted, as I did, variations according to
>the variety of apple.
Fruit wood isn't really commonly used for woodworking, but people use it on
occasion. Mostly, it is hard to get, and it is small. If the tree dies or
is replaced when it is 8" in diameter, you aren't going to get a lot of
lumber out of it. Also, most trees grown for fruit are pruned and spread
to allow for good light penetration, etc. Most are dwarf with low
limbs. This doesn't tend to yield much lumber.
All this being said, Mario Rodriguez, one of the woodworking handtool
gurus, did a beautiful clock out of pear wood in an article a few years
ago. Had me looking for pear wood, but it's not easy to find in hardwood
Didn't really answer your question, did I :)
-- Andrew Bell
acbell at iastate.edu
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