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Hackberry questions (Read 279 times)
 
Ken Davis
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Hackberry questions
Jun 30th, 2017 at 12:45am
 
Ive done some searching and get mixed results. I have someone who is willing to let me have a few trees of this if I just come and cut it down and remove it from the property. They have a few other types to remove as well, but I found plenty of info on those species. Is hackberry worth my time? I do like pictures Ive found of it on the net, but most of that is spalted.
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Re: Hackberry questions
Reply #1 - Jun 30th, 2017 at 2:02am
 
If you don't know that wood, I'd say it is worth your time - turning it will learn you more than reading someone's description of turning it, right?
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Re: Hackberry questions
Reply #2 - Jun 30th, 2017 at 9:00am
 
I've turned quite a bit of it.  It's a fairly plain wood, but spalts easily.  Can be prone to tear out so use sharp tools.  Will also crack and check so dry slowly and make sure you seal it well.  I've had it crack even after it sealed.    But it's free!
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Re: Hackberry questions
Reply #3 - Jun 30th, 2017 at 6:57pm
 
Several once turned hackberry bowls did not crack for me.  Seems like it takes more time to sand (harder wood when dry?) and it is perhaps lighter in weight than ash, maple, et cetera.  In the late season growth rings are wavy parallel rows of slightly larger cells, just like American elm and a few other elms.  These wavy rows are wonderful but you have to look for them.

Certainly I would turn more hackberry if and when it becomes available.
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Ken Davis
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Re: Hackberry questions
Reply #4 - Jun 30th, 2017 at 11:07pm
 
Thank you all for the replies. Now I just have to go cut down a few trees for them  Smiley
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Re: Hackberry questions
Reply #5 - Jul 2nd, 2017 at 3:54pm
 
Get it and turn it! You won't be disappointed
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