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    Default Highest use for apricot wood?

    I have a friend with an old apricot tree that has been pronounced terminal by an arborist. She would like to know if the wood is good for anything in particular, so she can offer it to the proper audience rather than just have it chunked up for firewood. It's a backyard tree, so only the most intrepid sawyer would try making planks out of it (it's likely full of iron), but the bole is probably 15" or so and it's 6 feet to the first branch.

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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    I wonder if it'd be nice for carving?

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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    Goggle a local woodworkers guild, / or wood turners guild / club , there could be interest from those type of folks.

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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    In light of our recent thread, I was wondering if it would be good for mallets!

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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    Paul's on the right track......the local guild will descend like bearded locusts. Fruit wood is good for turning and handles etc.

    Just searched apricot wood handles......and came up with flute blanks, interesting.
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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    It is in the same family as apple, so I would expect that you could use it similarly. For a small boat, perhaps breasthooks or knees where the roots sweep up to the trunk? A mallet, and the chisel handles that you would beat with it, might be a good idea, too.
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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    I was told years ago by a fellow that most fruit trees were good for things like wooden planes. Maybe apricot is as well. Probably, just use a differant wood for the sole/throat.
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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    I was going to suggest holding up apricots, but I guess the tree is too far gone.
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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    Inlay and marquetry.

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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    Pretty much what everyone has said: tools; tool handles; turnings; boxes; inlays; etc. I've never held apricot wood, but I'd expect it to be like many of the fruitwoods: pale; even textured; tight grained; maybe a bit nondescript; tough; warm.
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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    Quote Originally Posted by katey View Post
    just have it chunked up for firewood
    And just what exactly is wrong with using it for firewood?

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    And just what exactly is wrong with using it for firewood?


    My thoughts exactly. I am from the NE originally and apple wood
    was always on hand for the smoker.
    did I really say that out loud.........

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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    If you send me a few pieces I'll turn you a couple of bowls.




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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    Apricot is not like Apple. (Taste different too) Genus Prunus V. Genus Malus. It's more like Cherry, or Peach.
    It's heavier, and harder, and takes a better polish.
    In my experience both are difficult to dry without major defects, but both make fine turning stock, especially when green. I used Apricot to make a small selection of "dough rising bowls" when I was in California. They were a beautiful rosy orangish, tan with red streaks. They were turned fast and thin with the wall thickness about 1/8" (10-12" Dia. bowl). I filled them with the turning shavings, and put cellophane over them and let them do their thing on top of a big phase converter we had. They turned into football shaped sculptural items w/in a week. A few weeks later they were football shaped bowls as they opened back up. No cracks. But..... The pieces that I anchor sealed the ends of, stacked and stickered, were good for using in the smoker..... They split, twisted, and cupped.
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    Default Re: Highest use for apricot wood?

    Fine grained wood is good for doll house furniture.
    Good luck.

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