I made a huge Viking dough bowl/trough out of a split log of spalted
My step-dad had cut down the tree then asked me if I'd like to have
one of the bigger truck sections for dough bowls, he'd even split it
for me......well, he'd left it laying around awhile before offering
it to me and by the time I got it, it was heavily streaked
throughout with brush stokes of yellow and orange and pink and blue
and purple and bluegray.......oh lordy, how I HATED carving out that
color!!!! every pass of one of my wide Swedish fishtail gouges I
prayed would not reveal plain creamy white poplar beneath...but I
was lucky, the color was throughout the thickness of the log.
My dough throff (sp) was a thing of true natural beauty.
I soaked clear mineral oil into it and then sealed it with white
beeswax and turpentine. I don't care if the mineral oil
wasn't 'period' I didn't want to use ANYthing to distract from
As for the color-painted poplar you found....I actually seek it out.
I once took a 1 x 4 of it, all dark purple/brown to the cashier to
pay for and she looked at it puzzled "I didn't know we sold Black
Walnut......" (you Don't, it's Poplar) "No, it's black walnut,....I
know what it looks like..." (true, but so do I and that's why I want
this piece, because it looks like it, but doesn't 'cost' like
it...this is heartwood...)
She still insisted on calling someone from the back to tell her how
to ring it up. The guy glanced at it ""1 x 4 Poplar!" she looked
at him with her mouth open,...not believeing him...."It's heartwood
poplar....sometimes it just looks this way"
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, Conal O'hAirt Jim Hart
> > I was at Lowe's a few months ago for some hardware
> > and walked the pine
> > aisle on a whim. I found a piece of birds-eye pine
> > (I don't know how
> > else to describe it), so I grabbed it. It'll
> > probably wind up as
> > panels in an Austrian-stlye chest.
> > Ulrich
> I've got a chest made from a sheet of poplar
> plywood that had a bird's eye pattern. Never
> seen poplar like that before.... or after.....
> I gave a sheet that had some really nice purple
> to another guy to work with. He made it into a
> nice spiff table with purle heart trim...
> I just pulled a piece of poplar out of the stack
> at work ( and set it off to one side ) that
> had every color I've ever seen in poplar except
> the 'white' that your normally see. Black, purple,
> brown ( almost like walnut ) dark green. It even
> has some tiger striping to it....
> It's gonna be something interesting I think....
> Baron Conal O'hAirt / Jim Hart
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