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Offline Blayne

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Douglas Maple vs Vine Maple
« on: September 12, 2018, 09:01:48 am »
Just curious of your opinion on these two woods. I live on Vancouver Island and we have lots of Doug maple but no Vine. I am wanting to make use of the abundance of this wood, and I want to know your thoughts are on it. And if you have any tips on characteristics of Doug I should know about. Thanks!
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Offline aaron

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Re: Douglas Maple vs Vine Maple
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2018, 09:23:01 am »
I have worked plenty of Vine, but not doug. The following suggestions are for Vine and will prob work with Doug.
Cut only vertical or nearly vertical staves- Leaning trees tend to warp on drying.
Avoid cutting in Spring/ Summer for less checking.
When tillering, don't leave thick spots at the lumps, make the belly follow the back.
Avoid creating thin spots where the lumps transition back into straighter sections.

I'm still trying to figure out the best way/time to debark.
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Offline Bryce

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Re: Douglas Maple vs Vine Maple
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2018, 01:01:47 pm »
I used to live on Vancouver island as well! Trust me buddy you have more vinemaple than Douglas maple.
Doug maple likes higher elevation away from the salty air, it reminds me of really good Rock maple when worked.
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Re: Douglas Maple vs Vine Maple
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2018, 01:29:31 pm »
Where did you live on the Island? The only Vine maple I've seen is escaped cultivars and very few of them. Maybe Victoria area, I haven't looked in the south end. Blayne and I are mid island and the best stands I've seen are near the beach.
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Re: Douglas Maple vs Vine Maple
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2018, 02:50:19 pm »
Victoria, my dad was the port engineer. I was a teenager then, but he made sure I knew my tree species lol
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Offline wizardgoat

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Re: Douglas Maple vs Vine Maple
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2018, 03:13:22 pm »
Iíve seen some scattered vine maple South Island and some gulf islands, but Nanaimo and North is all Doug.
Iíve only made a few VM bows and zero DM bows. I wonder if DM has those pesky grain swirls I hate
so much in VM?

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Re: Douglas Maple vs Vine Maple
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2018, 07:01:11 pm »
I've never worked Vine Maple but Doug sometimes has those swirls. Some of it works beautifully. I did one a while ago that I could work with a spoke shave and I'm not good with a spoke shave :)
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Offline Weylin

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Re: Douglas Maple vs Vine Maple
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2018, 07:37:41 pm »
Try the Microplane tool for vine maple. it works great.

Offline vinemaplebows

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Re: Douglas Maple vs Vine Maple
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2018, 02:46:14 pm »
I think Douglas maple is lazier than vine, good wood, but lazier.  I would like to try some more at some point, but all that vine maple!L:)
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