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    Talking Neighbors tree fell what kind is it?

    We had a bad rain & wind storm last night & my next door neighbors tree fell
    (house is vacant there selling it) what type of tree is it?
    The base is about 3' across & I can see some type of insect holes in the second pic.

    I think it's tired of being a tree it wants to be bowls, vases, HF's etc...
    Thanks

    Chuck

    Click on the pic for big pic click second time for full size pic.

    Last edited by Chuck Beland; 10-20-2007 at 07:29 PM.

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    That is one BIG..............................OLD.............. .................... Willow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Beland View Post
    what type of tree is it?
    Thats easy. DEAD!




    A agree, it looks like a willow. Pretty much useless I think.
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    Is it any good to turn?

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    Chuck, I have never turned willow, but I think I remember other turners mentioning it is turnable, but maybe a bit "stringy". If you can have your pick of the tree, get any crotch sections, and the stump section closest to the ground. I mention those areas because Willow is rather non-descript wood from a grain standpoint, and the crotch sections will have some figure and/or feathering, and the very bottom of the trunk will perhaps have some compression curl, if you get lucky. What the heck, if it's right next door and free, grab it!

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    Kevin,
    Thanks, I can grab all I want from it.

    Chuck

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    Chuck just make sure you have sharp tools especially on the last couple of cuts. I have turned some willow and it is a little stringy but can be some pretty wood in the crotch area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Beland View Post
    ...what type of tree is it? ...
    That's the ever-popular Freewood tree. And from the sounds of things, it's your Freewood tree.

    Even if the wood's not great, it's better than turning nothing, and there's always room for surprises. You might just find something beautiful in there, too.
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    Chuck, yep it's willow, I have good experience with turning willow.
    If it's to much for you alone, drop in in the ocean, and I pick it up on the other side of the pond. Lucky guy.

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