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    Default Old Bluegum found...!

    During a recent storm, an old Sydeny Bluegum (Eucalyptus Saligna) fell near the creek just down the road...

    looked like it mighter had some burl but we took a few chunks and its not burl but it is quite figured with some flame in the root...its all a bit rough and rotten buts there some useful timber for sure...

    heres some pics of the tree and some wet turnings i made from it...

    its nice to turn green and these bits have dried quickley without splits....
    the grain is really knarly with mupltiple colors and the thicker figure accents have dried harder than the other bits leaving a natural rough feel...

    interesting Eucalypt

    cheeeeeeeeers
    john

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    You usually find interesting grain in those ugly logs

    Hard to get good boards out if them, too unstable when they dry, but for turning blanks they are treasure

    Cheers

    Ian

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    Hi Reeves,
    That sure is a gnarly looking log, you have a nose for them me thinks! It looks like it was alive when it fell, but only in parts...
    Let us know how it dries, especially that goblet.
    Mate, did you get any of that timber they pushed over along the highway at Cabarlah? I reckon some of that small whispy stuff could have been interesting, the Jacksonii and the Exocarpus (native cherry, I believe it turns well), which was growing amongst the Euc's...but I think that was cleaned up pretty quick. The rest looks too big for me!:eek:

    Cheers,
    Andy Mac
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    Yep, native cherry is good for turning. Light honey colour, not a lot of figure in the piece I tried but it turned like butter.
    Cheers, Ern

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    Andy thanks for the response mate and yes the nose is getting better or bigger...that one was easy as we heard it fall and its next to the road..
    in fact good wood everywhere up here, the closer ya look...

    the goblet is drying well, the top bowl has warpoed considerably but not split, the bottom has split along the lines already in the wood...texture and color is good so far...

    na i have not been past hampton for weeks tho they have been felling down that i noticed last time i went past...shame about the cherry going, sounds like interesting wood...

    whats the tree look like,, i should keep an eye out for any...

    cheeeeeeeers
    john

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    Hi Reeves,
    Exocarpus is a neat looking bush, almost pyramidal, up to 6 or so metres, with very conspicuous colour...a lot brighter green than surrounding bush, not lime green but close (almost like fresh growth on camphor). The leaves themselves are branched & fairly thin, almost needlelike but soft. The bark is dark and rough. There are a couple of really distinctive ones, quite large, at that turn off after the Danish Flower place on the north end of Highfields. You know the intersection on the bend that goes right to the new shops, and the dirt road left to the piggery, well the trees are on the SW corner of that! After you recognise one you'll see them everywhere, especially around Cabarlah, but usually a lot smaller.
    Cheers,
    Andy Mac
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