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persimmon wood

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:51 am
by aleguy
We lost a Japanese persimmon tree to Gustav. The tree is closely related to Ebony, and the wood is excellent for making musical instruments. is anyone in the club interested? Luthiers? Woodworkers? Zeke?
I'd hate to cut it up for firewood.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:31 am
by yeastmeister
How big are we talking? I've got a relative that makes instruments and stuff, and is always looking for interesting wood.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:31 am
by aleguy
It's a multi-trunk that stood about twenty feet. the individual trunks range from about seven/eight inches at the base to about four inches in diameter at the point where the branches make the wood unusable.
In other words, the wood should be easy enough to render with basic wood shop tools like a bandsaw, etc.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:56 am
by thebuddrik
Has anyone done anything with the wood? If you are faced with chuncking it I am sure my Bro-in-law would take it, he is a Luthier and had made many different instruments.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:39 pm
by aleguy
I finally had to take a chainsaw to it yesterday. I saved a couple of choice pieces for myself. I think given the circumstances, a wind instrument would be most appropriate.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:57 pm
by zeeboz
Sorry - Just returned from work. In order to use the wood in woodworking you'll need to cut it in slabs and let it dry to a moisture content of around 6-8% or so. This takes time. I usually get my wood pre-dried. I have lots in the back yard drying now .... sorry I don't need any.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:51 am
by aleguy
I generally like to season my wood "in the round" so I have the maximum number of available options. Especially when it is something particularly expensive or hard to come by. I know it won't be dry enough to use for several years, kind of like making wine.