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Pompeii Nate 04-05-2012 10:43 PM

Russian olive wood?????
 
I have a friend who just bought some property with a bunch of Russian olive trees on it that he just wants to cut down and get rid of. I was trying to find if it is a good source of wood but haven't been able to find much. Can anyone give me an idea if this is good wood to use? Is it hardwood? The two things I have read that make me question it are that it lets off a cat urine smell sometimes and that gum can be harvested from it. But it does produce a fruit which makes me wonder if it is a fruit tree and therefore possibly a hard wood. Thoughts? Input? Advice?

Thanks,
Nate

brickie in oz 04-05-2012 11:43 PM

Re: Russian olive wood?????
 
Slice a piece and see what the grain is like, it may be worth way more selling it to pen turners. :cool:

Polo 04-06-2012 08:11 AM

Re: Russian olive wood?????
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pompeii Nate (Post 129699)
I have a friend who just bought some property with a bunch of Russian olive trees on it that he just wants to cut down and get rid of. I was trying to find if it is a good source of wood but haven't been able to find much. Can anyone give me an idea if this is good wood to use? Is it hardwood? The two things I have read that make me question it are that it lets off a cat urine smell sometimes and that gum can be harvested from it. But it does produce a fruit which makes me wonder if it is a fruit tree and therefore possibly a hard wood. Thoughts? Input? Advice?

Thanks,
Nate

http://www.arboristsite.com/firewood...ent/110906.htm

Pompeii Nate 04-06-2012 03:58 PM

Re: Russian olive wood?????
 
Thanks Al and Polo. It sounds (and smells :D) like I don't want to burn it in a WFO or near any pizza or other food. It sure looks pretty though. Maybe I need to get it from him anyway and see if I can make some money off it.

Thanks guys!

Nate


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