[blindwoodworker] Re: Early wood vs Late wood

  • From: "Tom Hodges" <tomhodges@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindwoodworker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 14:21:25 -0500

You?ve got it right.  Newport, Kentucky has had a colorful past.  Back in
the 1930?s through the 1960?s this city was full of gambling, prostitution.
Dancing girls, mafia influence, etc.  When I was in high school in the early
sixties, Us kids could get a beer or alcohol at any bar in town.  If you
could reach the bar, you could get a drink.


Where are you ocated and how did you know about our little town.?  There are
a few books that tell about us.  One is Mafia wife and the other is the
Bicintennial history of Newport Kentucky.


Tom Hodges, Newport, Kentucky


From: blindwoodworker-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindwoodworker-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Larry Martin
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 9:50 PM
To: blindwoodworker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [blindwoodworker] Re: Early wood vs Late wood


I want to know where you live, Tom (hint: Newport, Kentucky). As far as I
know, hasn't your town always had a reputation for wonderfully naked
ladies????? Or is that just a nasty puritanical Cincinnati rumor?





On Jan 22, 2010, at 1:13 PM, Tom Hodges wrote:

John, Where are you anyway?  What you don?t seem to understand is that you
have to put on long johns and wool socks when it gets below 68 degrees F.
Well around here, the girls go naked when it gets over 100 f.  So you see,
you are not looking at the whole picture.  We will put up with a lot of
cold, just knowing that the hot naked weather bwill make it?s annual return
some day soon.


On a less serious note.  You may know this but around here, they take pine
boards and sand blast them to eat away the softer, early pulp, then use the
planks for forms for pouring concrete and the result is a concrete wall with
a wood grain to it.  It is a very effective system and looks great,
especially when painted. Or stained.  I never realized that the reason there
was softer wood that the sand would eat away was because of wsofter early
growth, as you explained above.


Thanks for the very interesting information.

Tom Hodges, Newport, Kentucky


P.S.  Where do you live?  May it says that in here somewhere but I missed



From: blindwoodworker-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindwoodworker-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of JDM
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 8:56 AM
To: blindwoodworker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [blindwoodworker] Early wood vs Late wood


Hi all,


I hope everybody has had a wonderful Christmas new Year break.  Here, it is
summer and everyday is around 40 Celsius, that's er um...about 104
Fahrenheit.  I simply cannot imagine the intense cold and freezing
conditions that you have in North America.  For me here, any temperature
below 68ºF, I'm putting on the long Johns and three or more woolen
pullovers. I went up into our Mountains here once, and experienced some
snow, about an inch deep, and I have never felt more miserable, depressed
and unhappy. hahahaha, so, never ever again...give me a sunny beach, rolling
surf and a blazing sun every time.


Over the Christmas period I've been doing a little delving into the science
of tree growth and its consequent lumber. I viewed/listened to  several
videos by the Canadian woodworker named Hendrik Vardu from the Web site,
"Passion for Wood."


I now understand  the structure of the wood grain in Douglas 
Fir which I previously talked about with reference to urushi or Japanning.
Actually, the same structures occur in all lumber, but in Douglas fir it is
particularly noticeable.


I spoke about a grain pattern of soft, pulpy, light coloured  wood,
separated by much harder dark coloured grain lines. In my childhood, I
learned  that every grain line represents a year of tree growth. but
apparently, that's not exactly true.

Apparently,  as the Winter thaws out, and the warmth and rains of spring
arrive, a tree puts on a very rapid growth spurt. During this very rapid
growth spurt, the tree develops a new outer layer of the soft pulpy wood.
Then as Summer comes on, and the air temperature heat increases and the
rains stop, the tree develops another new outer layer of wood which is much
more dense, harder and darker.


So, to count a trees age, you do not count every apparent sequential growth
ring, but every second light coloured pulpy ring, or every second dark
coloured hard growth ring.  The light coloured pulpy wood is called "early
wood, "and the dark coloured hard growth rings are known as "late wood."  My
apologies and sorry if all of this is old news to you, but for me, it's new
and exciting.


In speaking with many woodworking friends here, and talking about my idea of
Urushi or japanning a Douglas fir stool, to make a lined pattern of dark
late wood and black Urushi filled early wood hollows, it has been suggested
that I,


1: wet the wood to raise the grain,


2: scrape out the "early pulpy wood" with a wire brush, by following and
scraping along the grain line,


3:  applying a pore filling wood sealer to the scraped surface,


4:  applying a black Japan or Urushi stain to the now, non-porous, surface,


5:  applying urushi or Japan lacquer across the grain to fill the "early
wood" hollows,


6: continue applying Urushi/Japan coats, until the scraped out "early wood"
hollows or valleys are more or less filled and flush with the high "late
wood" peaks,


7:  then sanding the surface in line with the grain until the peaks of the
"late wood" are re-exposed, and are flush with the filled "early wood"
filled hollows,


8: then apply many coats of clear lacquer to the surface, leaving a pattern
of dark black "early wood" hollows, which contrast with  a myriad of much
lighter mid brown "late wood" grain lines.


So far, it is all just an idea and I've not made any further progress on the
project. I've spent my summer holidays experimenting with the use of Tung
Oil on a Pine DVD Cabinet I recently built. Natural Tung Oil smells
wonderful, but it takes days and days to dry, even in this hot dry heat, so
I've been messing around with the addition of hardeners and dryers to the
natural product.  It has worked out wonderfully, and the texture of the pine
surface has turned out to be hard as rock and as slippery smooth as an Ice
skating rink!






Melbourne, Australia.

From: John Sherrer <mailto:john@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 

Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 4:35 PM

To    : blindwoodworker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: [blindwoodworker] Re: Urushi/Japanning technique


Let us know how it works out. 

I have been in the Southwest North Carolina mountains for Christmas.  I have
no internet service there.  We came back to Winston Salem, and our house
felt like a coffin, we found that turning up the heat did no good.  In fact,
we are still waiting for repair parts for our furnish.  We had bought a load
of fire wood a month ago and we are quickly using it up.

Canada is currently dumping a load of very cold air on up.


I hope all went well with all of you.


http://HolyTeaClub.comcom\whitecane <http://HolyTeaClub.comcom/whitecane> 



Larry Martin






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