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#6557135 - 11/24/16 09:38 AM Love this Spalted Hackberr.
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Sometimes you just run across some wood you wish you'd bought more.

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#6557169 - 11/24/16 09:52 AM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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#6557181 - 11/24/16 09:56 AM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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I've got thousands of hack berry trees. What do I look for on the tree to find the desired "spalted hack berry"?
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#6557204 - 11/24/16 10:05 AM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I've got thousands of hack berry trees. What do I look for on the tree to find the desired "spalted hack berry"?


Not sure brother, I buy it most of the time already stabilized. I can't tell a hackberry from an oak. laugh
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#6557588 - 11/24/16 05:06 PM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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Come on out and I can show you the difference between the trees. But you'll need to tell me the answer to the spalted question. grin

I'm already in then process of building storage areas for stickered lumber to air dry. I'll have lots of square feet of storage, but it'll be the old and slow way to stabilize wood. A year per inch of thickness, outside, under roof.
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#6557608 - 11/24/16 05:34 PM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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That hackberry is awesome.
I had some huge pecans that died in the drought several years back. After about a year and a half we chopped a group of them down and took the trunks and big sections to a mill. The mill guy was willing to trade the milling and kiln time for a a few of the larger limbs. It appears that we caught the spalting at its perfect stage.
So... we bought a mill and built our own kiln.
It has become an obsession. We have milled enough mesquite and pecan to furnish a few ranch houses. I never expected hackberry to be so awesome. I need to look into this.
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#6557976 - 11/25/16 02:02 AM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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#6558099 - 11/25/16 08:11 AM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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Spalting is staining caused by a fungus. Most spalted wood occurs after the tree has died. On occasions where Spalting occurs on a live tree the tree will be "sickly", so you would want to look for a pretty depressing looking tree.

If you were wanting small pieces, you could look for burl wood, this would occur at the joint of forks in trees or along the trunk where cancer looking growths occur.


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#6558208 - 11/25/16 09:26 AM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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That's nice Bob! There are actually guys that grow trees and damage them to create the spalting I'm told they watch them carefully to know just when to harvest! Fine line between spalted and rotten!!! For knives it really needs to be vacuum stabilized though
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#6558396 - 11/25/16 01:09 PM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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Well heck, I'm just glad to know a hackberry is good for something. smile

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#6558788 - 11/25/16 07:44 PM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: Colt W. Knight]
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Originally Posted By: Colt W. Knight
Spalting is staining caused by a fungus. Most spalted wood occurs after the tree has died. On occasions where Spalting occurs on a live tree the tree will be "sickly", so you would want to look for a pretty depressing looking tree.

If you were wanting small pieces, you could look for burl wood, this would occur at the joint of forks in trees or along the trunk where cancer looking growths occur.


Thank you.
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#6559947 - 11/26/16 08:10 PM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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Ya never know what might be hiding in an old hackberry tree. These came from a tree behind my old shop.

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#6560101 - 11/26/16 09:48 PM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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Hey! I think I own that 2nd one Mike - or one much like it. Or should say my wife does - field dressed and skinned her first buck with it last weekend and now she says it and the rifle she used are hers. smile
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#6560256 - 11/27/16 04:44 AM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: bjankowski]
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#6560699 - 11/27/16 01:30 PM Re: Love this Spalted Hackberr. [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Hey! I think I own that 2nd one Mike - or one much like it. Or should say my wife does - field dressed and skinned her first buck with it last weekend and now she says it and the rifle she used are hers. smile

I'm glad she approves and it's a small price to pay on your part. Those memories are priceless!
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