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Turning Redwood?
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Post Turning Redwood?
Has anyone ever turned Redwood? I am new to turning and there are some redwoods in my neighborhood that are being trimmed and there looks like a lot of nice blanks around.
Also, what would the drying process for something like Redwood be? Turn it green and let it dry? Cut blanks and seal it up? What would you seal it with? Any thoughts?

Beavertail Woodworking

Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:18 am
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I've never turned Redwood, but I know it's good to turn for two reasons:

1) It's available
2) It's free

Turn it like you would any other conifer :)

Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:41 pm
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I've turned dry redwood, but nothing green. The dry stuff turns pretty good. Here's a call I made out of some redwood burl (verona?)


Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:49 pm
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I've turned pocket toothpick holders (about 1/2 inch in diameter, 2 3/4 inches long with a 5/16 - 3/8 hole down the center) with push on cap from both redwood and cedar. It requires very sharp tools and tear out can be a challenge but I think it's worth the effort for the beauty of the wood in the finished product.
Like the man said; if it's free it's good wood. Go for it....
You can always use the mistakes for kindling. :wink:

Low quality tools in skilled hands can produce works of art. Quality tools in unskilled hands can never achieve the same results. Practice, practice, practice!!!!

Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:08 pm
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I've turned redwood too!

It's a softwood as opposed to a hardwood. So, it's very soft when cutting. It takes a light cut to get a smooth edge. On the positive side, it's easy to sand! But you have to be careful in sanding as it's easy to sand between the winter and summer grains leaving a bumpy surface. Ash will do this too!

It has a wonderful color too! It turns a beautiful deep red after it oxides.

Because it's a softwood, it's also light when dry. So even large bowls don't weight much. Making the wall thick is a good thing to do with this wood.

It's very different than cutting redwood burl.

If you can get it, you will be very lucky!!

Good luck,


Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:13 pm
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Green Redwood is great. Old Redwood is dry and super dusty.


Just Turnin' Around! in Glendale, AZ

Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:31 am

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green redwood dries quickly...i have had it dry in about 2 weeks
I have turn alot of it and dennis is right on the money...light touch to get a smooth cut .....best way i found is sharp tools and turn it fast as i comfortable to you....sand lightly ..dont build up to much heat or u will get the grain to raise and have alot of ripples in the grain.
and yes its dusty ..wear a mask or u will cough alot! from the dust....otherwise its beautiful wood and easy to work.


Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:52 pm
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Cool. Thanks to all for the advice. I will try to gather up the redwood from the neighborhood and start turning quickly. Light touch and keep the heat down...got it!
I only hope there are blanks large enough to do some platters and shallow bowls!!! The price is sure right!!!

Beavertail Woodworking

Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:04 pm
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