Tales from the Ginnel


Wood haul porn




Some flawless rippled sycamore, nice crotch veneers of English walnut, rippled sycamore veneers, burr elm veneers and burr elm planks.

The burr elm has taken me two years to prise away from the owner, it is exhibition quality material… smells bloody lovely too.


Forgot to add, I have some 5000 yr old pitch black bog oak on the way and some wild ash. Should keep me busy for the next year or more :slight_smile:


Now I’m properly jealous :imp::imp:

The wish that I could find such treasures up here is overwhelming!

Nice work, mate :+1:


Dig deeper in that peat cutting!:smile:


A plinth in walnut and Sycamore coming together nicely


Lovely. Did you resaw the top pieces yourself?


No, bought those in already book matched. They carried in thickness from 3 to 5 mm so needed a fair bit of work. Getting difficult to find English walnut these days.


Looking really good thus far. 301 or 401 or something else?


301 in this one


Very nice :+1:


One pile of Oak for the construction of the hi fi cabinet I mentioned earlier in this thread. Just been using the jointer plane to produce the long joints, the blade being slightly concave means that a couple of very light pass produces a seamless join.

These three planks will form one of the vertical sides of the cabinet. Without cramps or glue, the join lines are nigh on invisible.


Looking forward to seeing another thing of beauty


And the 5000 year old big Oak is here now, lovely plinth to be made


WoW ! This, I’m looking forward to seeing.


Just don’t let the water get into it.



Actually, how long do they have to let ancient bog oak dry/season for Bob?

It looks lovely, a bit like black walnut.


The people who do this successfully don’t publicise the deals of the drying process. However it removes some four gallons of water per cubic foot and shrinks by up to a third of volume. Given it must be quarter sawn to start with, the attrition rate would be high unless you knew what you were doing.

Even the finished product that I have will require removal of about ten percent of the thickness to achieve flatness.

It is more dense than Oak, up there with tropical hardwoods like purple heart and with a beauty that exceeds blackwood and ebony, IMHO.


That’s a lot of water!

What’s it weight per board foot when dry enough to use?