Ronn W

Just Curious - Hackberry

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Looks really nice to me Ronn! I don't think I have ever even seen it. What's it like to work?

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That is a neat looking piece Ronn and I like the grain of the panel. Is it the light but it almost look greenish like poplar. I’ve never seen it sold around here and if it was, they’d probably price it like exotics. Believe it or not but qtr. sawn sycamore is sold as exotics at one of my sources. 

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Man I'm tired,  I read that as huckleberry :)

I do like the contrast, never have seen hackberry where I go.  Nicely done. 

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Nice cabinet, Ronn! 

I've heard of hackberry, but never seen it in person. Maybe its one of those species that goes by a different alias in various parts of the country?

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3 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

Nice cabinet, Ronn! 

I've heard of hackberry, but never seen it in person. Maybe its one of those species that goes by a different alias in various parts of the country?

bastard elm [it has ulmiform pore structure], sugarberry (which is also the name of a related wood), oneberry, nettletree, and at least one politically incorrect name.

When I first saw hackberry it was in veneer form and I was absolutely convinced that it was American white ash that had been mislabeled. Since then I've observed that although the face grain is VERY similar to white ash, the end grain is unmistakably different [it's ulmiform].

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/hackberry.htm

http://www.wood-database.com/hackberry/

 

 

 

 

 

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It is one of the softer hardwoods.  Works well with hand tools.  There is not a distinct line between heart woood and sap wood and, perhaps that color that I have on the piece pictured is fungal - but it is still solid.  It strongly leans towards yellow under an oil based finish but when stained.  When stained it will surprise you.  When stained the tiny rays pick up the stain and the ray pattern is very fine, intricate and distinct.  The close you look the more interesting it is. I would probably not like to stain it for a finer piece but I did it for a table top and chait seats for the Grand kids and it looks great for that piece.

Sample board..... very different from the cabinet - same wood.

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We have lots of hackberry here in North Texas, most people consider it a trash tree since they grow like weeds, their form isn't very appealing, they're messy and they tend to split and break from storms and ice. 

I've tried turning some hackberry and it's ok , very soft. 

 

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8 hours ago, Ronn W said:

When stained the tiny rays pick up the stain and the ray pattern is very fine, intricate and distinct.

That's almost entirely the ulmiform pore patterns, not rays. Elm does the same thing. Here's a closeup of each showing the ulmiform pores and what I call the "feathering" in the face grain.

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OOPS ... that "ash" is elm

 

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1 hour ago, wdwerker said:

Ashberry sounds like a name some millennial made up to market a health food !

Every time i see a dig at millennial i want to try and defend my generation. Than i remember that it's probably right :(.

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54 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

Every time i see a dig at millennial i want to try and defend my generation. Than i remember that it's probably right :(.

That's ok.   I'm Gen-X and we're all slackers.

 

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That's ok I'm a boomer and most of the stereotypes are justified, one way or another.

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10 hours ago, wdwerker said:

That's ok I'm a boomer and most of the stereotypes are justified, one way or another.

Groovy!

 

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On 2/5/2018 at 1:09 PM, wdwerker said:

That's ok I'm a boomer and most of the stereotypes are justified, one way or another.

Hey, but our generation went to the moon.  

OK, our Dads were driving, but we were in the back seats!

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I was parked in front of the TV for almost every Apollo  launch.  That SpaceX launch today made me feel like a kid again.

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