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The smell of carved wood
McDougall
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From: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Posted: 2004-03-24 8:23 pm   Permalink

Anybody else love the smell of carved wood. I'm working on a piece of Cocobolo right now it has this wonderful smell, maybe like spicy licorice. Also the sweet smell of Basswood will have me carving it again even though I like many other woods more. Haven't carved Pine yet but I'm guessing that will be quite nice.

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-03-24 8:50 pm   Permalink

Yeah different woods smell strange. Fresh Cypress smells sweet enough to eatFresh Fl Mahogany smells tartly sweet. Cocobolo can be hazerdous to smell the sawdust, but the wood itself smells like a spice.
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Kono
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2004-03-24 9:07 pm   Permalink

Weird but true. I had a very poor sense of smell for years. Why? I dunno. Anyway, in the past few weeks my olfactory powers have improved tremendously. That's not always such a good thing, unfortunately, but I'm smelling things I haven't smelled in years. I was trying to figure out what precipitated this change. No change in diet. No change in anything...except a few weeks ago I started playing around with woodcarving. It especially seems to correlate to when I began using wood stains in an admittedly ventilation-challenged environment. Coincidence? Maybe. Crazy? Perhaps. But I'd like to thank the TC Creating Tiki forum for inspiring me to get my sense of smell back. And yeah, the wood can smell downright edible at times.

 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2004-03-24 9:43 pm   Permalink

I carved and burnt some Koa the other day and it smelled awfull. (ya, ya. You burnt what??!! Anyone going to Oasis will find out)

Maybe I'm just used to the smell of fresh cut Giant grass in the morning ( do doo do dooo do. do doo dooo dooooo do, do doo dooo do, do doo do do! Chime it out. Charlie don't surf)!!!


 
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FLOUNDERart
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From: Orlando Florida
Posted: 2004-03-25 06:47 am   Permalink

I like the smell of carved naPALM in the morning!

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Chongolio
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Posted: 2004-03-25 09:43 am   Permalink

I managed to salvage a short log from what I believe to be a Camphor tree. The tree was in our front yard and was removed while we were out of town. The stump grinder came after we had returned and when they grinded that stump the whole neighborhood smelled spicy. After a couple days it got to be a bit much. Before putting the chisels to that wood, I am going to let some time pass.
I dont want to smell that scent again for a while.

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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2004-03-25 09:59 am   Permalink

So far, from the limited amount of types of wood that I've carved, my favorite is redwood. It has that "I'm a woodworker" smell to it that other people recognize too.
I just scored some Pepper Tree logs (at least that's what the guy told me) - don't know how it's going to carve, but I do know that if you burn it, it smells horrible.

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Tikiwahine
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2004-03-25 11:18 am   Permalink

Cedar smells fantastic. Fresh, burnt, or wet and on the BBQ with a big salmon cooking atop it, fantastic.







 
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chisel slinger
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From: columbus,ohio
Posted: 2004-03-27 6:55 pm   Permalink

my wife thinks im crazy, is it just me. but each time we go to florida, i swear i can smell the palms. sort of a sickly sweet smell?

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2004-03-27 9:45 pm   Permalink

Yellow Pine smells like, well, pine...White Pine smells like Pine mixed with fungus.....Black Walnut has a nice spice smell but burns the nasal passages and irritates your eyes for days...Cherry wood smells wonderful, like cavendish tobacco (my favorite weapon wood) but hard as an arm on muscle beach. Poplar smells like a memeographed test (remember those?) in elementary school.....That about covers my choices down here!

 
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Raffertiki
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2004-03-28 8:06 pm   Permalink

It took me a while to isolate the smell from the log I'm carving, then it hit me, a freshly husked ear of corn.
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kctiki
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2004-03-29 05:50 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-03-27 21:45, Basement Kahuna wrote:
Poplar smells like a memeographed test (remember those?) in elementary school..



Nothing puts the "pop" in "pop quiz" like a damp purple memeograph hot off the press.


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-03-29 06:11 am   Permalink

You're right kctiki.Careful you're showing your age cuz I remember those and they go Way back.
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kctiki
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2004-03-30 08:11 am   Permalink

That's what's wrong with these kids today, they haven't ever sniffed purple ink!

If that's what poplar smells like, it'll be my choice if I ever make a stab at carving. Stab would probably be an accurate description of my potential carving talent. I sliced off the tip of my finger trying to cut ham with a ginsu knife.


 
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tikijackalope
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-03-30 08:51 am   Permalink

Tree of paradise smells like peanut butter in a kind of overwhelmingly unpleasant way. I can't imagine anyone carving it though. Its only virtue that I've noticed is that when I cut one down and burn it in the fireplace, it's sap seems to be more flamable than most. It shoots little jets of blue flame out of the cracks in the wood and whistles as it does so...kinda "fireworkish."

 
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