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    twisted juniper and other gnarly woods

    I found this on the net last night, and it's called "Twisted Juniper". Does this tree naturally grow like this? Are there other trees that have this gnarly look? How would one get gnarly stuff like this?

    http://bit.ly/cN4XAJ

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    Very interesting. A lot of those pieces look much larger than any Juniper I have ever seen. They could have come from Eastern Red Cedar trees. The two are closely related and by looking at the wood alone most people couldn't tell one from the other.
    From the looks of his furniture, I believe he gathered driftwood from a lake. Making things from driftwood is so popular that, in our area, the Corps of Engineers grants gathering permits for certain sections of the shoreline. And, woe to the person caught gathering wood from the permit holders beach.
    One local guy makes clock frames, animal trophy mounts and chandeliers from driftwood and sells to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's. Take his wood and he will put a hurt on you.
    If you want to emulate this guys work, I suggest you find a lake, gather the driftwood and start making stuff. I wouldn't be too concerned with the kind of wood you find.
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    But isn't driftwood by definition super dry and bleached out? Driftwood exists in rich colors like those in the photo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    But isn't driftwood by definition super dry and bleached out? Driftwood exists in rich colors like those in the photo?
    Got me there. I'll venture that Juniper and Red Cedar are still colorful just under the surface.
    But, I was guessing. He may have woods/forest sources and it may not be driftwood.
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    Frank, I've seen juniper that size and shape, and like Cynthia, I don't think I've seen any driftwood with that kind of color.

    Also, Eastern Red Cedar is more than related to the junipers, it is one.
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    So where does a woodworker get gnarly stuff like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Frank, I've seen juniper that size and shape, and like Cynthia, I don't think I've seen any driftwood with that kind of color.

    Also, Eastern Red Cedar is more than related to the junipers, it is one.
    I've been wrong before. It was 1959..........
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    some gnarley slabs can be had from independant woodworkers and there are also commercial places to get them Hearn Hardwoods is one such place but they arent cheap. as for the color in the piece you showed us threw the video, i would say it was harvested from live trees and then handled just for this purpose.. could be reclaimed lumber or wood in general and just made a new use of it..
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    yes, junipers and cedars naturally grow twisty like that. In particular, twisted trunks help the trees withstand sustained high winds.

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    Cynthia the Tigh-Na-Mara resort in parksville has similar furniture in some of their lounges. Not beds but couches,chairs and tables all made from drift wood a fellow in Duncan does it. The place is expensive. Here is the link.

    http://www.tigh-na-mara.com/cms.asp?wpID=2

    Also check out Coombs ( goats on the roof).

    Lots of wood like that just washes up on the beach around here. Just have to pull back the bark and clean them up to find the beauty of the wood
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