So I got this big hunk of wood.................
A tree service cut down a tree in my neighborhood yesterday. The top of the trunk, where the large branches emanate from, was rotted and the branches were in danger of breaking off. However, the first 5 feet or so of the trunk was still sound and I was able to get that section. I was also able to get a fairly sound round, about ten inches thick, that was between my trunk section and the rotted part. The tree guy cut it off before I could cross the street to ask him to not cut it up.
My city is a "Tree City USA" city so they map the trees. I called the city Forestry department and I was told that this tree is a "Pearl Pistache". Upon googling it I find that the name is "Pearl Street Pistache" (patented in 1994) but not much more info than that. The "City of Davis CA. Master Tree List" lists the Pearl Street Pistache as a fruitless variety Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis).
Is this a hardwood? Anyone know anything about it's woodworkability ()?
Now.....the neato thing is......there is this red/pink staining in the wood that I assume was made by the fungus/disease that rotted the top parts of the tree in the first place.
These first two pics are of half of the ten" round.....
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These next two pice are of the two halves of the trunk section that I got.......
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Is this spalting? What would be the best type of cut to use to mill this so that the red/pink coloring shows up the best?
Lastly, is this even a good find? Or did I just get a big ol' hunka junk wood? It rained real heavy yesterday evening so the wood is real wet. Should I go ahead and paint the ends of the trunk or would I just be wasting my time?
Thanks very much.
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