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persimmon wood

Postby aleguy » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:51 am

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.
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Postby yeastmeister » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:31 am

How big are we talking? I've got a relative that makes instruments and stuff, and is always looking for interesting wood.
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Postby aleguy » Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:31 am

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.
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Postby thebuddrik » Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:56 am

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.
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Postby aleguy » Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:39 pm

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.
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Postby zeeboz » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:57 pm

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.
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Postby aleguy » Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:51 am

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.
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