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Old 04-05-2012, 10:43 PM
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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?

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Nate
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:43 PM
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Slice a piece and see what the grain is like, it may be worth way more selling it to pen turners.
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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?

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Nate
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:58 PM
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Thanks Al and Polo. It sounds (and smells ) 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.

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