One of the great things about turning wood is that you can use trash. By trash I mean wood that folks have set out on the curb to be picked up by the garbageman and taken to…wherever. Luckily one of my coworkers saw a pile of bucked (cut up into short lengths) wood and brush on his way to work. He let another coworker who turns and me know so I stopped by to pick it up after work. As you can see from the picture below it was a pretty good find. Half of it I’ll keep and the other half will go to my coworker.
The nearby brush made it easy to identify the wood as Southern Magnolia. I split a piece and planed it to check out the grain. The wood looks like it’ll be nice when made into turnings.