U must have tough alder trees in scottlland , I have carved lots of it the last few weks and its definately soft and carves and cuts like butter even the dry stuff out the fire log pile is still soft, and fresh cut and opened its soft. In fact the ease of carving the stuff was what atracted me to it when I had a few bits from the fire wood pile and asked on here what the species was as I'd heard of alder but never known it before. When its used in docks and so on for pilings, maybe thats when it goes like iron when its permananetly sodden and resists rotting. I was talking to a bloke last week who used 12 foot alder poles to make small jetties on his fihing lakes.
Gas meter engineer! It appears I may be working in the Nottingham area as well! Get my own van though!good for you spam on getting the job, what is it by the way ?
I would not rule it out totaly, we can not see any meduleries in the photos but in order to see them you must have a surface that is very close to the radius, ie closest line from centre of tree to bark. The lower surface on the end grain pic looks like it could be close, is that the surface in the second set of pictures?Interesting that Robin's ruled out Alder
Congratulations!Still no idea what the wood is. Got a call earlier on saying I've got the job though!
Colour would work for rowan and the close texture. One thing that I don't get is if it works well as a hearth board I thought it should be of similar hardness or very slightly softer than the drill (I have only done fire this way a dozen times so correct me if that theory is wrong)Wife has just found a tree book she got me a while back. She thinks it may be Rowan. I'm inclined to agree!
Im interested in this. Would you be prepared to send me a sample of this piece of wood (with a good sized chunk of the end grain), Spam? I'd reimburse you for the postage.
OK, well itll be interesting to hear if you get any definitive information at the bushcraft weekend, if not, PM me, and we could take it from there. Im not saying I could positively ID it, but it might be fun to try.I could do once I've done a course with it. Ant has a bushcraft weekend over on british Blades that i am going on and I will be passing on the small amount of knowledge that I know on differing methods of making fire, so would like to keep it as it is for the time being, but it is over the weekends of 8th and 9th of March, so I can send it to you after that if you like. I'm pretty convinced it is Rowan though and I seem to recall that we took down a Rowan at the Delamere working weekend.
...If you really want a positive ID I could get a microscopic ID for you from a small sample (size of a dice)...
Very interesting, Robin, thank you. I was under the impression that the only way to positively ID a species was from the transverse cell structure....though some species are not possible to tell apart by cell structure, alder and hazel being near identical.
Me too but if I am not careful my really useful bit of oak that I have been drying to make a wedge ends up in the fire.I stash wood all over the house, the wife is eternally grateful for me doing this, it brings no end of joy into her life!
This what rules this out as lime wood, for me, and at least with my limited experience. The only lime I've tried shaving (Tilia vulgaris) produces open, corkscrew spirals, which again in my limited experience, is not a sign of a dense hardwood.It's the hardness when carving it that puzzles me, although it is obviously well seasoned as it has been indoors for quite some time...