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Elm wood for Knife Handles
Jul 15th, 2012 at 10:02pm
 
I dont want to turn this into a woodworking forum, but...

yesterday I picked up some tree rings I had bid for and won on TradeMe, was for firewood, cut down a few weeks ago. A couple of branches needed to be cut into smaller sizes, so after I put the chainsaw away I was amazed at the colour of the fresh green wood - the difference between the heartwood and the sapwood was amazing.

I split a bit up with the maul, and put a section through the thicknesser, hoping it will season without splitting (have since sealed the ends with supaglue to slow drying down)

Has anyone else done anything with Elm? I imagine if a knife scale had both heartwood and sapwood it would look outstanding

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Reply #1 - Jul 15th, 2012 at 10:55pm
 
Looks pretty cool, I save all sorts of wood too, have got some cool pohutukawa
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Reply #2 - Jul 16th, 2012 at 12:19am
 
I had tried to get some and went to the extent of calling a wood turner for some scraps. In the end i got some scales in from Aus. mostly ply but some burl also. cant wait to use it.

your stuff will be awesome if you can dry without cracking..... no sun
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Reply #3 - Jul 16th, 2012 at 6:40am
 
That heartwood looks really good. The problem with using a piece that has both heart and sapwood on a knife handle scale is that the handle scale is usually small and the effect that you see in the bigger piece of wood like the one you pictured is usually lost - especially difficult to achieve a good look if both sides of the handle does not look the same. That dark heartwood is definitely worth giving it a home on a handle in stead of the fireplace.
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Reply #4 - Jul 16th, 2012 at 10:15am
 
It looks like water got into it.
Any burl in the tree?
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Reply #5 - Jul 16th, 2012 at 12:11pm
 
Ezidirect Water like rot damage? No its seems fine in terms of health.
Haven't had a good look through the rest of the wood yet for burl...
Ludwig  I know what you mean, once you point that out I fear your are right. Hard to get a piece with teh right amount of both huh
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Reply #6 - Jul 16th, 2012 at 8:55pm
 
Spalting is where they allow some decay to happen to give scale some character. What you are looking at there is a form of this.
That one you split looking like laminated may polish up nice and be unusual.
Have a go on a bit and see. Those other rounds could be good value.
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Reply #7 - Jul 17th, 2012 at 12:26pm
 
Elm works well for chopping boards si I imagine it will work fine for a knife handle.
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Reply #8 - Jul 17th, 2012 at 10:55pm
 
ezdirect. wrote on Jul 16th, 2012 at 10:15am:

Any burl in the tree?

Couple of suspicious lumps....might section them over the weekend....
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Reply #9 - Oct 21st, 2012 at 3:17pm
 
Split it all up a few weekends ago, no Burl of any useable volume, but I can say what an unpleasant experience
It sure doesn't behave well in the splitter, very springy, often splitting apart very suddenly and  violently. Got bit by a 10kg half of a ring the smashed into my hand....still sore.
Stick to Gum and Casuarina in future I think
Gonna enjoy burning it next winter tho....
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Reply #10 - Oct 21st, 2012 at 5:15pm
 
i have some Black walnut and some blackwood and possibly getting a bit of Rewarewa too, you are welcome to come look for anything useful.
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Reply #11 - Oct 21st, 2012 at 6:05pm
 
Yep into that
I still have your roller-thingy to return too
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