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Cottonwood - blessing or curse?
Jun 11th, 2019 at 8:52pm
 
I had a 100 ft cottonwood or so take the big fall during a storm - I have plenty of wood to turn - anybody have experience turning cottonwood? Or am I a man dying of thirst in the ocean - basically I am cutting the tree into chunks and have yet to cut any into blanks
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Re: Cottonwood - blessing or curse?
Reply #1 - Jun 11th, 2019 at 10:38pm
 
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I have turned cottonwood not really much fun. What I turned(Rough-turned) was quite bland, stringy, and really wet -water sprayed everywhere and it took a very long time to dry.  Once dried it  turned ok but still pretty bland. I also did turn a dried cottonwood burl that a friend gave me and it was spectacular!
Try it and see how it goes -nothing ventured nothing gained!
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Re: Cottonwood - blessing or curse?
Reply #2 - Jun 12th, 2019 at 9:18am
 
I turned a few large pieces of poplar/cottonwood about 3 years ago. The pieces were the guinea pig for my new coring set up, figured some bland poplar would be good practice. What came out of it was unbelievably nice, other than the slightly bland light color, the chatoyance in the stuff was amazing !! It was a bit of work to get the tear out cleaned up, but  it was worth it. Wish I would have taken some pics. !! Undecided
So give it a go, you never know what'll come out of it. !!

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Re: Cottonwood - blessing or curse?
Reply #3 - Jun 12th, 2019 at 10:03am
 
I've never turned "cottonwood" though I do turn some poplar. (both from the Populus genus)
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I know many people find it bland or boring but it all depends on what piece of wood you get and what you do with it.
I usually sort through poplar at my local box store and get the mineral stained pieces. The colors can be striking.
Some pieces in my gallery
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Reply #4 - Jun 12th, 2019 at 10:55am
 
Me personally.. I like it. I got some Black Cottonwood and this is what it looked like on the lathe:
I bought 3 more pieces once I saw this.
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Reply #5 - Jun 12th, 2019 at 10:57am
 

I have finally remembered how to reduce the images to post!!! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

Only took half a decade!! Shocked Roll Eyes
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Reply #6 - Jun 12th, 2019 at 11:34am
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on Jun 12th, 2019 at 10:57am:
Only took half a decade!! Shocked Roll Eyes

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Re: Cottonwood - blessing or curse?
Reply #7 - Jun 13th, 2019 at 4:33pm
 
I appreciate the responses and I learned that poplar and black cottonwood (Pacific Northwest area) and my eastern cottonwood in my backyard are all related but I also learned that my suspicion of being highly allergic to the allergen known as the cottonwood snow , I am down with a major sinus infection- I will try to take a few pics of the wood when I get a chance
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Reply #8 - Jun 13th, 2019 at 4:40pm
 
Yeah, we don't need any pix of the sinus infection. Shocked Grin

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