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    Hi Guys,
    The attached photos are of a a few small pieces of a large Rhododendron that blew over. The structure is very unusual as the centre of the tree is made up of very low density cells which are quite soft. The outer inch or 2 of the trunk is a lot denser.

    If it dries without cracking ( I have sealed the ends. ) then it should make some unique patterned bowls. It will take a couple of years to dry. Will also make some nice decoration for projects.

    Just thought this might be of interest given the structure is so unusual.

    Cheers
    Glenn
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  • #2
    That is some unique wood should be beautiful. I’m wishing you luck with the drying of it.
    Ed
    Living in a pile of chips.
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    • #3
      Pretty wood, hope it dries well.
      Arthur

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      • #4
        Hi Glenn , that has some Crazy looking Grain . Should Finish Great . Merle

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        • #5
          Glenn - Some of the variation in color appears to be shadows across the blocks. I am skeptical of fast-growing tropical woods for carving, but I'm always interested in other carver's experiences.

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          • #6
            Wow. Great looking wood. I will be looking forward to seeing if it can be used. If yes they will be beautiful projects.
            We live in the land of the free because of the brave!

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            • #7
              Nice find Glen. That's interesting looking stuff. That must have been one big Rhodie.
              Anders.

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              • #8
                That truly is unique, like you say! Even if not carve-able, it would be a beautiful base!

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                • #9
                  We have a ton of Rodis around here, but they are all bushes. I will pay attention to the ones that are trimmed or tossed out than I did before. Thanks Glenn and it sure has a very attractive grain.




                  Bill
                  Living among knives and fire.

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                  • #10
                    Have tried carving it yet, just curious how the outer part will do under a knife
                    . . .JoeB

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                    • #11
                      Make great spoons carved green. Dry hard and work great with a knife finish. You could turn those bowls green and dry them slow. They will warp out of round though, makes interesting bowl shapes. No two are alike.

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                      • #12
                        Except that rhododendron wood is very toxic for humans so I would be careful about using it for items in contact with food. Not sure if it contains cyanide?
                        Last edited by Andrew V; 09-06-2020, 09:13 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Didn't know about the wood being toxic. Will do some research on that . Thanks for the warning.

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                          • #14
                            I have carved hair sticks from rhododendron limbs. It's really nice to carve. I carved hair sticks because the limbs checked.
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