[NAFEX] fruit trees for timber

del stubbs pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 14 22:31:07 EST 2003

Jim, I was gone a bit to Oklahoma to buy a used truck outside our rust belt, 
what a difference! I read the archives on timber and can only add from my 
contact with high end woodworkers that pear is #1. But this is generally 
European pear, and sometimes quite large. Perhaps there are old wild pear 
groves in Europe somewhere? I'd be amazed if there is a walnut that could 
produce worthwhile lumber in your climate in one persons' lifetime. The 
prunus species produce some of the most colorfully decorative wood, but many 
have a proclivity to a war between the sapwood and heartwood when drying. 
But with the explosion in woodturning interest, small colorful trees have 
good promise.
Oklahomans told me that when the area around Oklahoma City was settled lots 
of orchards were planted, but nearly none now - because of the areas' 
tendency to extreme temp swings, interesting.
Minus 20 a week ago here and water running everywhere today, Del

Del Stubbs  www.pinewoodforge.com  ag zone2/3

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