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Offline hayshaker

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why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« on: March 27, 2018, 07:28:10 AM »
Many moons ago Red posted the knife porn thread. you remember that.
for all to oogleand ahhhhh over. given that half the beauty in a knife
is in the scales. so me thinks that we should give some time for what
makes a knife to oogle and ahh over, hmm. lately i've been bitten by the
spalted bug. you know birch, maple, pecan oh my,and all the rest.
last night i even found a web site that explains how to spalt your own wood.
is that cool or what. so how bout we get this started, what do you have wild harvested
from your neck of the woods, or even stuff you bought it's all good.

stabilized or naked, any harvesting stories?
come on show us the burls, so let's give this ago
i'll try to jump this later today with some wood i have.

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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2018, 07:37:05 AM »
mabey this thread should go in the custom knife section?

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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2018, 08:41:54 AM »
It probably should be in the Knives section..........

Here is one of Red's great pieces of wood on a Wood Bear knife he handled and then sold.  I don't think it is spalted wood but it is a nice looking handle.  This is one of Red's photos of it.  I have had it for quite awhile but it gets no use. 

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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2018, 09:47:25 AM »
That's really pretty wood.....do you know what kind it is?
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2018, 10:36:06 AM »
 I have had it for quite awhile but it gets no use.

That sounds like my morning wood, No pics exist...

What is spalted? I need some comparison photos maybe. A link to that site would be cool too...
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2018, 10:42:09 AM »
Spalted wood is basically dead, rotten wood.  Various coloration in it is caused by fungi.  While some of it has some beautiful coloration/patterns, it would not be my first choice for knife scales even with the best stabilizing.
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2018, 03:45:56 PM »
Wood is one of the coolest things I can think of. Knife scales are relatively small, so it takes a lot of crazy grain to get people excited I guess. what I like to see is grain that accentuates and follows the shape and geometry of the handle.
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2018, 06:59:54 PM »
I have whats left of a slab of olivewood i've had for some time.
and the pencil thin lines in it remind me of spalted birch..
actully i'm doing a kitchen knife right now with some.
cant wait till it's finished,i'll post the knives when thier done.
in the handmade knives section, tonite i'll try to post a photo of some of the wood too.

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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2018, 07:32:29 PM »
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2018, 07:32:51 PM »
That's really pretty wood.....do you know what kind it is?

I believe Red was using alot of blue/green, blue or green box elder burl. Here is a link with a sample.  https://www.knifeandgun.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SWDBG
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2018, 07:37:45 PM »
I remember that, but I thought this stuff looked different.....could be, though. :shrug:
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2018, 08:31:06 PM »
once again Greg thank you, I will start out
with the first photo l-r 1,ash
2,olive
3,poplar
2nd photo
top.is red mallee burl
bottom.poplar

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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2018, 08:41:23 PM »
That's really pretty wood.....do you know what kind it is?

Craig I wrote it down but cannot find the paper.  I don't remember it either. 
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2018, 06:54:47 AM »
well got a boatload of wood comming,
though two pieces will be burl, yellowbox&brown mallee.
will post pics then.

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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2018, 06:14:25 AM »
well i posted a photo of some spalted maple i harvested yesterday from the grove.
the are rather nice looking and have a couple different patterns to them, hope you like them.

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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2018, 07:07:24 PM »


Boxelder burl, a Bernie blank I handled
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2018, 07:08:54 PM »


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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2018, 07:12:11 PM »
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2018, 09:12:44 PM »
I saw this on a recent camping trip and visions of burls danced in my head. It was at least 40 feet tall...


It was in a national park so no harvest stories.
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2018, 06:01:45 AM »
national park or not that tree needs to be rescued. that's the ticket, rescued
and turned into book match sets of knife scales, heh heh
thanks sarge for posting that . ya know it be a sin not to take at least one burl, just saying.

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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2018, 06:43:13 AM »
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2018, 07:33:23 AM »
That's pretty sexy Graylon.
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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2018, 07:41:04 AM »
That was the give away contest awhile back Tony, before we changed names. I still have a blank blade left.


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Re: why ai'nt wood sexy too?
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2018, 08:08:51 AM »
That's spectacular.
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