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Ash for spoons?

Postby baguette » Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:13 am

My neighbor just had a huge ash tree fall on their land. I can have as much as I want.

How is ash for spoons? I've read it isn't ideal because of the wide grain. Would it be ok for practicing?
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Re: Ash for spoons?

Postby gavin » Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:30 am

Its fine for spoons.
Real good for firewood too - I'd get on to that ash pronto.
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Re: Ash for spoons?

Postby Tlil » Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:51 am

My understanding is that ash has a low moisture content even when green, which is why it is so favoured as a fuel. Unfortunately this does make it slightly harder to work.
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Re: Ash for spoons?

Postby gavin » Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:05 am

baguette wrote: I've read it isn't ideal because of the wide grain. Would it be ok for practicing?

By 'wide grain' do you mean the growth rings are far apart? Here in Scotland the ash I get is usually with growth rings 2 or 3 mm apart after the first say 10 growth rings. I have not noticed much difference either way in its ease of working. I do notice the fresher it is the softer and easier to work. If you want wood easy to work, get birch. It grows like weed, no-one will object to ( or probably notice) your taking a stem of say 4 inches thickness at the butt end. Such a stem will yield many spoon blanks.
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