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    I found a really scrappy, dirty piece of plank in a shed and thought I'd have a go and see what lay beneath the layers of dirt, bird's droppings etc. Look what I found. (Click on thumbnail for larger image)


    Apparently it's chestnut. It's about 12" dia and so far I have just sanded and buffed it with no polishing yet. Waiting for it to setle a bit.

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  • #2
    Oh my goodmess that is beautiful. My hubby would be so envious that you have chestnut just hanging around as a 'scrappy old plank'
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    • #3
      Cor!!

      I wish you lived nearer to us - my husband cut a rather large branch off the walnut tree last year. We have offered this to a couple of local woodturners who said they would love to have it and then not contacted us to arrange collection.

      It seems a shame to let it go to waste. Thank goodness we have enough land to be able to leave it sat around for a while whilst we try and find someone who WILL use it.

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      • #4
        They must be mad, walnut is an expensive and beautiful wood for turning.

        This made of walnut. Don't get too much as it isn't something you see lying around that often.



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        • #5
          Another great piece of turning, Pete, me ol' chestnut!
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          • #6
            Very nice! Amazing what's under the surface, eh?

            Just occurred to me - I know that loacl to me (London) when the council, volunteer groups, etc clear parks, managed woods, and so on, they just burn the wood, unless someone volunteers to collect it. It might be worth you looking around for schemes like that...
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            • #7
              That is lovely, see just goes to show that what other's see as rubbish and throw out, us crafty ones would look beneath the dirt and find gold (or wonderful wood!!!)

              Well done
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              • #8
                A fabulous result! Love the fact it was from a scrappy piece that most people wouldn't look twice at.
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                • #9
                  Very nice!
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                  • #10
                    Walnut is a gorgeous wood. The turners may still want it, but it needs seasoning before it can be used effectively.
                    Stick it under some cover somewhere & it'll be worth a bob or two.
                    Originally posted by craftdancer View Post
                    Cor!!

                    I wish you lived nearer to us - my husband cut a rather large branch off the walnut tree last year. We have offered this to a couple of local woodturners who said they would love to have it and then not contacted us to arrange collection.

                    It seems a shame to let it go to waste. Thank goodness we have enough land to be able to leave it sat around for a while whilst we try and find someone who WILL use it.

                    Linda
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Scorch View Post
                      Very nice! Amazing what's under the surface, eh?

                      Just occurred to me - I know that loacl to me (London) when the council, volunteer groups, etc clear parks, managed woods, and so on, they just burn the wood, unless someone volunteers to collect it. It might be worth you looking around for schemes like that...
                      another option is to contact a tree surgeon, My dad's one and they have loads of trouble disposing of wood, sometimes, having to pay to do so.
                      Most of it just gets chipped, but maybe if you contact someone local to you, you might get lucky and get some nice little bits


                      ....very nice btw
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                      • #12
                        Most of the tree surgeons around here chip it up and sell through the local garden centre but one or two will let you have some wood if you catch them in the act. I am finding Freecycle a good source of wood..especially peculiar things that you don't think of, just got some Pittisporum and mahonia. Things like Rhododendron, fruit rees etc often get pruned or cut back and the wood can be really attractive. Also hedging with hawthorn, hazel, blackthorn are good for smaller stuff like lace bobbins, crochet hooks, and other smaller stuff.

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