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Use for orchard wood

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:20 pm
by doofaloofa
I cut down most of our orchard today

In 12 years we hav'nt got a single bit of palatable fruit, so it is time to move on

Before I chop it up for the fire, does anyone know if the apple, cherry and quince logs have any other uses?

The main stems are abot 6-8" thick, but only a foot or two long

Re: Use for orchard wood

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:34 pm
by boboff
Google growing mushrooms on logs, you'll need to be quick as they need to be inoculated quickly

Re: Use for orchard wood

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:50 pm
by doofaloofa
boboff wrote:Google growing mushrooms on logs, you'll need to be quick as they need to be inoculated quickly
tried that on beech logs

dissapointing results, and apple etc not the best wood anyway, but thanks

Re: Use for orchard wood

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:41 pm
by boboff
As I understand you have to get the right spores for the right wood, I would imagine Apple would be ok? Not sure though.

They do say with regards to Orchards, if at first you don't succeed cut it down and burn all evidence of ever trying????

Re: Use for orchard wood

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:07 pm
by oldjerry
Quite a few people round here do a fair bit of wood-turning. Applewood is really favoured by them,but that could be just that there are thousands of acres of apple trees .

Re: Use for orchard wood

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:21 pm
by diggernotdreamer
I know a man who makes bobbins for lacemaking, he uses lots of different woods and he did like fruit wood, I have a lovely rolling pin made of of yew from another man I used to know who did wood turning and we sometimes make wooden plates from round logs, just slice bits off, they are lovely to eat your bread and cheese on.

Re: Use for orchard wood

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:00 pm
by Skippy
I'd agree about the fruit woods being good for turning .I obtained a few pear logs a few years ago but irritatingly they developed lots of tiny shakes or splits which rendered some of it useless. It is a close grained wood that works well though and is used in the glass industry because of it's resistance to burning , it chars and wears evenly . I also made a small chest out of a cherry trunk.It did warp a bit but it's still functioning as a chest. Cherry is a bright red when first cut , it's just a pity it loses the colour as it seasons.
Maybe you could reduce the wood to chippings and either use it for smoking or sell it on e-bay for others to use.


Pete

Re: Use for orchard wood

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:32 pm
by doofaloofa
So I need wood turners

Good call on ebay chips skippy

http://www.ebay.ie/sch/i.html?_trksid=p ... &_from=R40

i might check that out, even for ourselves, but there are a couple of smoke houses locally that might like it

Re: Use for orchard wood

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:24 pm
by Davie Crockett
Hi Doofaloofa!

Spoons and bowls and butter spreaders.....post pics of your stuff here https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreenWoodWork/ and here http://www.bodgers.org.uk/bb/phpBB2/index.php

You should also be able to sell blocks of it on ebay. Seal the end grain with PVA and wrap in plastic before shipping.

Green fruitwood is lovely to carve as it usually has a tight grain and takes a nice polish. Not sure exactly how many members of the above forums are from R.O.I. but there are a few.

This is being sold in America, But you get the idea:
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Black-Walnut-Sma ... 976wt_1036

Re: Use for orchard wood

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:15 am
by doofaloofa
Thanks Davie, and the rest of you