Re: [MedievalSawdust] Questions about willow and cherry wood
- Willow wood can be used to make baskets. It is a wood that is brittle and the tree is prone to wind,rain, ice damage in the landscape.Willow trees get a bad reputation for "sucking the water out" of the ground/pond...whatever. If youhave nice willow trees around your pond, there is no reason to cut them down. Willow trees justgrow better with "wet feet". Your pond will go just as dry in the summer without your willow trees.Sorry, the gardener in me had to speak up....Cairistiona----- Original Message -----From: Stephanie S Smith, Ph.D.Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 11:25 AMSubject: [MedievalSawdust] Questions about willow and cherry wood1) What stain would have been used for cherry wood in Europe around
12-16th century? Broud time period, I know. I would prefer to leave the
wood on a carving of a wolf's head (fretwork with a scrool saw in 1/2
inch cherry) natural, but several people have urged me to stain it.
2)I have lots of old willow trees around my pond. They are coming down
because they suck the water out and make the pond go dry in the summer.
Normally, they would be bulldozed and burned, but I hate to waste all
that wood. Any ideas on uses for it? I don't have a lathe, but will
Stephanie Smith, Ph.D.
Wolfe City, Texas 75496
Owned by a Standard Poodle and an Australian Cattle Dog