gum wood in the West
I’ve been looking around at the local wood suppliers, and none have gum wood. I was told that no one mills it anymore bcs you only get about 10% lumber from from each log. So I wondering if there might be a source for unmilled wood, which I can mill myself. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks.
Maybe google gum trees...
It's not a great wood for woodworking- it usually contains a great amount of twist in it,(partly the source of its strength), and this tension makes it unstable when milled.
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What tree do you mean by "gum"?
That name is applied to several eucalyptus trees, sometimes with additions, like blue gum or red gum. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia, but are now common in California. They are supposed to be very difficult to get to dry without cracking.
There's a tree called Sweet Gum, or Sweetgum, which is native to the US eastern seaboard. And there's a tree called the Black Gum, which is native to the US southeast.
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