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Offline TWiG

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« on: November 04, 2014, 07:09:28 PM »
I will be felling a Ginkgo biloba next week ( a first for me )  and was wondering if any one has ever turned with it and is it any good / nice / desirable ?  will probably try a few bits anyway just for novelty sake !

Offline Graham

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Re: ginkgo
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2014, 07:25:17 PM »
No idea, but with a name like that it has to sound good inn the description.  :)
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Re: ginkgo
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2014, 07:31:33 PM »
Ginko is the oldest known tree to mankind, a living fossil. I believe the Chinese use it a lot for carving s it has quite a soft wood. Only ever had a very small branch of it so cn't sat wjhat larger more mature wood is like

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Offline Bryan Milham

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Re: ginkgo
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2014, 09:35:22 PM »
Never turned it but there is one in a garden about 80m from where I'm sat - covered in Burrs, I keep hoping!
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Offline Les Symonds

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Re: ginkgo
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2014, 09:45:20 PM »
Hi TWiG....I just lifted this text out of a posting on the Lumberjocks forum...
I was recently given a 1” thick x 5” wide x 8’ long rough sawn piece of this lumber. I’d never heard of it before. My lumber brokerer said is was the ultimate in carving woods – much better than basswood or the others. This is because it chips out less, easier to cut, better more uniform grain. The wood smells citrus-ie, kind of like lemon or lime with a touch of menthol or camphor. I cut some tonight and hit my pocket knife on it. It carves like a dream. I would absolutely recommend it for a special project if someone wanted to carve a piece. Not sure what I’m going to do with my slab that is remaining. Take care.

Hope it's useful...Les
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