Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Something Different-Pecan Root Burl

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Parker County, Texas
    Posts
    1,493

    Something Different-Pecan Root Burl

    Finished with hauling the wood from a pecan tree yesterday and managed to bring to the log yard a fairly big pecan root burl. The wood part is about 36" in diameter. I took 3 of the photos with it sitting chained to the bucket of the tractor which is a 40 hp. for size reference. Not sure what all I will get out of it when I start cutting into it, but it should be some pretty good looking stuff. Hope so, anyway. With the ground still wet from the rains where this was loaded it was a good trick to pull off, as the tractor kept wanting to slip and slide around a bit. But, eventually hardheadedness won out and it went on the trailer. Just thought you guys and gals might get a kick out of the photos. Yes, the log by the tractor is part of the trunk of that pecan tree.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,008
    That's a passel of pecancrete, for sure!
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Posts
    4,944
    Pecan is a beautiful (though tool dulling) wood and you have a "passel" of pecan to play with.

    Enjoy it,
    JimB
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.
    VOTING MEMBER

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Parker County, Texas
    Posts
    1,493
    Yes, guys it is a fair amount of wood. But, in all honesty, it will not last me that long. Now I know that pecan is not a soft wood, but why is it a tool dulling wood??? I quite enjoy turning it. It certainly is no where near as hard as bodark. Or, mesquite for that matter. Well, maybe I am just weird. But I find it quite enjoyable to turn.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Posts
    5,009
    You said it, Dave. It's all relative. I've turned much harder wood. Pecan is a favorite.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Reno, Nv
    Posts
    3,632
    I see a gazillion M&M holders in your future...or a quadbazillion pens!
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Parker County, Texas
    Posts
    1,493
    Absolutely, Ted! Jim, seeing me no do pens, it's definitely gotta be M&M holders!!!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    Posts
    4,351
    Looking forward to seeing your M&M savers.... Love pecan to turn.... it can be hard, but agree that Bodark is harder.

    I had a couple of pecan logs about 3' long that a neighbor gave me... let them sit a year and then turned bowls... half the bowl is light colored and half is a darker brown... I didn't dry properly, so I did have some checks in them, but with enough CA, not a problem... nice heavy bowls.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-1789_0.JPG 
Views:	4 
Size:	49.1 KB 
ID:	90894Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-1790_2.JPG 
Views:	4 
Size:	50.1 KB 
ID:	90895Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-1869_0.JPG 
Views:	4 
Size:	54.0 KB 
ID:	90896Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-1869_2.JPG 
Views:	4 
Size:	68.8 KB 
ID:	90897Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-2068_0.JPG 
Views:	4 
Size:	78.8 KB 
ID:	90898Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10-2068_4.JPG 
Views:	4 
Size:	112.5 KB 
ID:	90899

    The first two were done early while the wood was still green... I used my wood saver to core them from same blank.
    Chuck
    Tellico Plains, TN
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/TellicoTurnings
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Parker County, Texas
    Posts
    1,493
    Nice bowls, Chuck. I rough out my pieces while the wood is a green as I can. Then I give each one a bath in denatured alcohol and then put it in my kiln to dry. The DNA is supposed to help it dry more evenly. I have my kiln running at about 90. If I start to get it fuller than it is, then I can turn it up a bit as needed. Doing that seems to minimize the checking for me. My kiln is homemade and heated by brood lamps. If I need it hotter I just turn on more lamps. I have six total in it but right now with only 4 blanks in it have 3 burning. I'm going to build a better one probably this fall, though. This poor thing has been moved too many times and it really wasn't built to move. Oh, well. Another project.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,008
    I agree there are harder woods out there, but I've had one or two wrasslin' matches making hollow forms with fairly dry pecan. Here's one of them, overweight finial and all...

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	HF051 - 02 800.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	24.1 KB 
ID:	90906

    Like you, I try to turn when the wood is as green as possible, but sometimes it's not all that possible.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

Similar Threads

  1. Pecan Burl Bowl
    By Dave Hoskins in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-08-2016, 12:15 AM
  2. Oak root HF
    By Stephen Bellinger in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-08-2010, 11:00 AM
  3. oak root BH
    By Stephen Bellinger in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-03-2010, 10:40 PM
  4. Ash Root Bowl
    By Vaughn McMillan in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-29-2008, 02:01 PM
  5. Replies: 12
    Last Post: 04-07-2008, 04:33 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •