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  • Carved Root Surprise

    This is not a question but an interesting tidbit. I pulled a twisted root from the side of a creek and began carving a woodspirit. As I was finishing, I noticed some of the wood had a red tint to it. Figuring I had just laid it in some red chalk dust or something I finished the piece but the red would not come off. Further, a cross section of the piece showed a red center. After asking some old timers about the creek, I was informed that about a half mile upstream used to be a textile mill and that the dyes were routinely discharged into the creek. It seems the tree soaked up the dye and it changed the center of the wood.

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    Re: Carved Root Surprise

    Robyn,
    I think you must be right about that!
    I just found this very interesting website about colored wood:
    http://www.aspencolor.com/
    It's really worth looking at.

    Donna
    Indiana USA&&http://pyrogite.tripod.com

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