Archive for the 'Wood Species' Category

Buckthorn

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

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Buckthorn is an extremely invasive European species that is slowly taking over here in Minnesota. When cutting down some Buckthorn I wondered wether it is at least suitable for turning small items, so I sealed some of the thicker branches and dried them. Interestingly the wood seemed to oxidize while drying and took on a reddish color throughout.

The grain is tight and it turns easy enough. Short of areas around knots it has not much figure to it. So it is not spectacular, and given the thickness of the branches is probably of limited use.