Ironwood; Eastern Hophornbeam; Ostrya Virginiana

Ironwood; Eastern Hophornbeam; Ostrya Virginiana

Post by PHIL BIC » Fri, 26 Sep 1997 04:00:00



        These as are just some of the names that I have found or been
told of for this wood. Some time ago, I made an inquiry about this stuff
and it seemed to start a thread that I did not expect. It would seem
that the best use of this wood is for turning. I have a some of pieces
of this wood available for those who are interested, close by, and are
willing to pick it up. The pieces available are small logs about 4" in
diameter and are "green". This is not a "for sale" but is actually a
freebee. No strings attached. I have them in northern NJ, a few minutes
from NYC. If you are interested please E-mail me directly. I am not
interested in a debate in the NG to start again.
        You can reach me at:


 
 
 

Ironwood; Eastern Hophornbeam; Ostrya Virginiana

Post by Fred Holde » Sat, 27 Sep 1997 04:00:00



Quote:


>>         These as are just some of the names that I have found or been
>> told of for this wood. Some time ago, I made an inquiry about this stuff
>> Using your subject as a lead-in, can anyone suggest which pieceZ(s) I
>should think about turning rom a hollow ironwood log (about36") which I
>was given some years ago.
>Does it require any special turning tools beyond very sharp ones?
>Wouldm appreciate your ideas.
>Bob Hinchliffe

Bob,

I haven't had the opportunity to turn any Eastern Hophornbeam, but if it is
anything like desert ironwood, good sharp scrapers will work better than gouges
and skews. Desert Ironwood dulls tools pretty fast, but hardwood turnign tools
work better on it than the normal softwood turning tools of skew and gouge. This
holds true for lignum viate also. If you look in the Holtz' books you'll find
that the hardwood turning tools closely resemble the scrapers that we use today,
except that for the most part, the cutting areas are much smaller.

What you do with a hollow 36" ironwood log, is something else. How about a drum?
You should be able to make a beautiful one from that wood.

Fred Holder
<http://www.skagit.com/woodturning>

 
 
 

Ironwood; Eastern Hophornbeam; Ostrya Virginiana

Post by Bob Hinchliff » Sun, 28 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>         These as are just some of the names that I have found or been
> told of for this wood. Some time ago, I made an inquiry about this stuff
> Using your subject as a lead-in, can anyone suggest which pieceZ(s) I

should think about turning rom a hollow ironwood log (about36") which I
was given some years ago.
Does it require any special turning tools beyond very sharp ones?
Wouldm appreciate your ideas.
Bob Hinchliffe