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Thread: Ugliest tree in the world and.......

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas

    Ugliest tree in the world and.......'s MINE!
    This really-really ugly old tree is on one of the main streets in our town and has been a sorta landmark for many years. It is a Redbud. Several years ago I asked the owner (a friend and master knife maker) if I could cut it down. He declined but said if it died, I could have it. Well, sirs, this year it failed to bud and now it's mine. It has got to have some of wildest, gnarliest, twisty grain structure ever in there. Only concern, it is well known that dead Redbud rot out from the center pretty fast. We will just have to wait and see wait hides inside. Whatever is there is sure to make some interesting bowls and pen blanks.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That looks very promising, Frank. (Now'll open it up and the grain will all be straight as Sitka Spruce.)

    Looking forward to seeing what you make out this one, Frank.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    That looks very promising, Frank. (Now'll open it up and the grain will all be straight as Sitka Spruce.)
    Hey, Frank, I think Vaughn is just jealous.
    At least, I hope he is; I'd hate to be the only one who is.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Drums, PA
    Good Luck Frank, hope it's solid inside.
    If not, you can still make plenty of great stuff out of the wood.

  5. #5
    Can't wait to see what lurks inside Redbud especially an ugle Redbud....

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Frank can't wait to see the inside of that one. Good luck.
    Bernie W.

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    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Get the stump too, if you can, lots of pen blanks in there too!

    Oh Yeah...........

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  8. #8
    Lots of burl Frank! Watch out for nails ......

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Frank, that promised a lot of fun

  10. #10
    Reminds me of the ex-wife for some reason...

    I am not sure if I should wish you luck or say you suck? Its just amazing that the ugly scars and blemishes us Human Beings would consider ugly, wood turns into utter beauty in a woodworking project.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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