Re: [MedievalSawdust] carving 101 and wood
- Why, thank you! I think that's enough information for me to figure out a use.Dragano
W Roberts <celtwolf@...> wrote:
Did a quick Google on sweetgum, and came up with a few hits - mainly
along these lines:
" Although its medium quality wood is used to make furniture, it is
primarily used for landscaping purposes."
"Liquidambar styraciflua L.
Hamamelidaceae -- Witch-hazel family
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), also called redgum, sapgum,
starleaf-gum, or bilsted, is a common bottom-land species of the South
where it grows biggest and is most abundant in the lower Mississippi
Valley. This moderate to rapidly growing tree often pioneers in old
fields and logged areas in the uplands and Coastal Plain and may develop
in a nearly pure stand. Sweetgurn is one of the most important
commercial hardwoods in the Southeast and the handsome hard wood is put
to a great many uses, one of which is veneer for plywood. The small
seeds are eaten by birds, squirrels, and chipmunks. It is sometimes used
as a shade tree." ...
Sweetgum is used principally for lumber, veneer, plywood, slack
cooperage, railroad ties, fuel, and pulpwood. The lumber is made into
boxes and crates, furniture, radio-, television-, and phonograph
cabinets, interior trim, and millwork. The veneer and plywood are used
for boxes, pallets, crates, baskets, and interior woodwork."
"Florida Forest Trees
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styriciflua)
The sweetgum is also known as redgum, star-leaved gum, alligator-wood,
and gumtree. It occurs on moist to wet, acidic soils and is commonly
found in swamps and near ponds and streams.
Sweetgum is second in production only to oaks among hardwoods. The wood
is used as flooring, furniture, veneers, home interiors, and other
lumber applications. The wood is also used as paper pulp and to make
baskets. Pioneers once peeled the bark and scraped the resin-like solid
to produce chewing gum."
Dragano Abbruciati wrote:
> Thank you!
> Sweetgum - don't know it by any other name, will have to look it up.
<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
Do you Yahoo!?
vote.yahoo.com - Register online to vote today!
- First, thank you all for the ideas.
Second, I didn't know how little I knew about this before I started
I borrowed a set of carving chisels off of my father. Wait these are
called gouges, right? There were six of them. The blades styles consisted
of 4 gentle curves and 2 sharp angles I then grabbed a 8"x8" piece of one
inch thick air dried pine, and drew a quick sketch of a Tudor rose on it.
After about 3 hours of digging away at it I ended up with something. I put
a picture in the photo section in Nest's folder. The dark lines are not
shadows, but discoloration in the wood.
So now that I just waded in and started I decided to go to a store and
look around. Boy, I could be in trouble now. I found a woodworkers store
about 15 minutes from my work. The range of tools and wood pieces fairly
has me staggered. They even give classes. They have 2 coming up which
sounded interesting. One on chip carving, and one on hand made
dovetailing. I bought a book on carving "How to carve wood" by Richard
Butz and an 8 mm palm handled chisel. Stright edge was one of the things
the set did not have.
I think I have settled on carving a rather small box for my first project.
That is all I have in mind right now.
Again thank you all for getting me started.
Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Mail Address AutoComplete - You start. We finish.