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    Mystery Wood Mini-Haul

    Got a package yesterday from someone signed "FWW Member". Inside the box was this:

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    The note didn't give much of a clue as to what type of wood it is, or who it was from. It just said this person wanted to see what I might make from some of this wood. I was curious about the wood and my mystery benefactor, so after doing a bit of sleuthing, I figure it was Col. Mustard, in the Library, with the Candlestick.

    I tried turning one of the pieces last night, and the pith was too soft for the spur center to get a purchase on. I'll try drying it a bit and seeing if I can get things hardened up a bit. Looks like real pretty wood.
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    Well, after you're able to get a grip on your situation, you'll have to show us the candlestick that has been cleverly hidden in that fake log.

    Glad to see your box of goodies - I'm sure you'll have quite a few interesting things to share with us from it.

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    Looks like some great wood Vaughn. Bark kinda reminds me of poplar or birch but can't tell for sure. I would say let it dry for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Got a package yesterday from someone signed "FWW Member".
    No postmark to give a clue as to the sender? Hmmmmm.
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    Woo Hoo, more wood.
    That can only be a good thing.
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    become so uncommon?

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    The bark looks kinda like apple.
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    Yeh family it was me that sent the box. Jim you were very close with your guess. The wood is from a peach tree. I have a little left that I am going to try on the old lathe again that I got from my wife grandfather. The lathe is made on a 1 1/2" sq. tube so it doesn't weight much and it tenders to chatter when cutting. I need to sharpen the tools and see if that helps also. I also need to get a parting tool. Hopefully Vaughn will post some pics of what he has turned.

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    Yeppers, Rex snuck this one right by home plate. I had pretty much figured out who sent it and what kind of wood it is by the time Rex sent me a PM yesterday 'fessing up to the stealth wood gift. I got the ends of the logs sealed last night, since they were starting to check a little bit. Hopefully this coming week I can play with some of the peach and see what's hiding inside.

    Thanks a bunch Rex, and now the pressure's on me to make something nice out of it.
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    My son does some tree trimming and tree removal as a side job, so you never know who might be next. The peach did come out of my yard and I cut it,but with his saw. Seemed like overkill a 20" bar for an 8" tree.

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    Might be Rex, but it cut that tree quickly I bet.
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