09-23-2009, 08:16 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: CA 92008
| | Re: curvilinear II
Originally Posted by wicca27
what kind of wood is the stump
That’s a good question & one I’m surprised no one has asked before.
The stump is some type of coastal sage wood, likely Chamise which is an evergreen chaparral shrub in the Rose family. I found it while hiking with my son in Hellhole Canyon which is located in the hills of San Diego County (Local Map)
. We were hiking along a fire break where a large bushfire burned thru the area a couple of years ago and I was on the lookout for Manzanita stumps and nice Manzanita branches. There were many small stumps lying around on the ground which were dug up when firefighters dug the fire break. Unfortunately I discovered that most of Manzanita stumps were not that great looking because they have large underground burls which enable them to re-grow after a fire. Luckily I did find this little stump lying on the ground and it had some very attractive qualities, which included the very defined & twisted growth, nice root spread and the burned off top. I brought the stump home and boiled it for a while in a pan of water on my outside grill and then I dropped it into a bucket of water along with a lot of live oak leaves that I collected for my dart frog viv. There the stump stayed for many months until I happened on some large glass vases in a store and the idea for a new project started forming almost instantly. I was a little concerned about the oils & possible toxicity in coastal sage wood causing problems, but so far the stump does not seem to be toxic and boiling, then soaking for months have removed the majority of the oils from the wood.
So that's the long answer to a short question,
Last edited by ALIFER; 09-23-2009 at 08:36 PM..