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Very old wood

Sometime in the late 1700s-early 1800s, an acorn fell from a tree in the
forest of Indiana. Over the next 100yrs it grew into a huge oak tree.
Sometime in the late 1800s-early 1900s, a man cut this tree down and hued it
into a beam for his barn. That barn nurtured his farm and family for the next
~100yrs. Sometime around 2005, that barn was torn down. The wood was purchased
by some guys that repurpose old wood as a business. This beam and many others,
were deemed unusable to them. I got access to this wood as a source of fire wood.
I took 5 cords of wood off their site a couple of years ago. Once I started taking it
into the shop and slicing it up, I didn't realize what I had. I conjured this kitty out
of a piece of this wood. The veneer of the kitty is spalted maple. I love the scars of
age that show in this wood.

Drawer pulls are drawer guts.

I feel privileged that such a bounty was presented to me
and I have an opportunity to preserve this amazing wood.
Thoughts/comments/suggestions

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Very, very nice !
I'm also currently working on some old wood (approx. 60-80 year old at least).
I don't have a lot of experience with hardwood, but my best guess is that it's hard maple ? I hope i'm not wrong.
Keep up the good work !
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Hijacking the thread, somewhat related:

I recently ordered a few small pieces of bog oak from Ireland. They were dated to over 6,400 years old. The university determined the date by the tree rings in the wood. They will be used to make pens. Bog oak is a dark, partially decayed wood, the first step on the long path to becoming coal. It has dark grain on dark wood. From what I hear, it is easy to turn. I have no idea what bog oak smells like, but I will find out soon enough.
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Nice work.

I have Pine 2 1/4'"x25" plank that is about five and a half feet long that came out of an old barn that was razed on our family property, dated back to the late 1700s. Virgin timber, if you will. It's been in my basement since the 80s without a plan. It still has whitewash on it and has been metal scanned.
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This is some walnut pieces I pulled out of my pile yesterday.
It was w/the oak beams. These are the adz marks from when it
was hewed into a beam.

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Very old wood-img_1906.jpg

The light color wood in my MC Escher boxes is
pine planks that came out of a barn. I think they were loft floor boards
because on side was untouched and one side was pretty scared. Some of them
were 18" wide and 2" thick.
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Very, very nice !
I'm also currently working on some old wood (approx. 60-80 year old at least).
I don't have a lot of experience with hardwood, but my best guess is that it's hard maple ? I hope i'm not wrong.
Keep up the good work !
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pretty sure that all 4 pieces in the bottom pic are red oak or variation... the round bent piece only fairly sure.
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@justdraftn,

Nice looking piece!

I'm curious how you came to know the story of the wood? Did you grow up in the area?
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Hijacking the thread, somewhat related:

I recently ordered a few small pieces of bog oak from Ireland. They were dated to over 6,400 years old. The university determined the date by the tree rings in the wood. They will be used to make pens. Bog oak is a dark, partially decayed wood, the first step on the long path to becoming coal. It has dark grain on dark wood. From what I hear, it is easy to turn. I have no idea what bog oak smells like, but I will find out soon enough.
Follow-up on the bog oak:

I got five pieces of the ancient bog oak from Ireland and then decided to order ten more. You can find ancient bog oak from many locations around the world, but this particular bog oak is the only one that I found that was scientifically dated by a laboratory. All other bog oak that I found has an age range that spans several thousand years (something like "2,000 to 4,000 years old"). The source of the scientifically dated bog oak stopped responding to queries. He may not have any more to sell.

Turning the ancient bog oak required patience and sharp tools. The wood was very dry and brittle. It was easy to chip out. One blank came apart during drilling. I work outside and wear a dust mask, but a charcoal smell got through. The shavings looked like charcoal ash.

The wood is very very dark. I used CA finishes on early bog oak pens, but it made the pens very dark and uninteresting, hiding the grain. After that, I used Hut Crystal Coat, which gave a very nice appearance. It showed the grain better, and had a nice feel. Unfortunately, Hut Crystal Coat is not as durable as a CA finish. I may try something else next, but I am not sure what. CA over BLO? Poly over BLO or tung oil?

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