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Re: Rowan

Postby SeanHellman » Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:49 pm

I have worked Rowan and a lot of gean or bird cherry, wild cherry etc and have never come across a bad smell. Rowan is a lovely wood to use. I did once come across a sycamore that had been down for a short while which when cut into smelt of sick. I have come across cat pees smells but can not remember which trees. I think you will find that it may have something to do with the rotting process and a particular kind of fungus.
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Re: Rowan

Postby Donald Todd » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:44 pm

It's a long time since I turned Rowan myself. I did turn it pretty fresh, as it came from a woodland thinning course I did (Wooplaw Wood?), but I was not the one who cut it down! The chap on Sunday was a very experienced turner, about to give a demo on turning green wood. I have experienced a nauseating smell from Sycamore kept green too long, so you are probably right about the fungal effect.
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