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Norway Spruce

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by otterhound, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. otterhound

    otterhound Poster Extraordinaire

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    Norway Spruce score . Looks like I will have some more bookmatched quartersawn Norway Spruce billets once I get these 2 sections home , process and dry them .
     
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    I hate ( maybe too strong a term) you guys up north that have more than pine and oak to choose as well as your darn 4 distinct seasons!

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  3. I_build_my_own

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    Please come to New York and pick up the winter season. It is free!!
     
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  5. Grandy

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    Norwegian Wood... I'm sure I've heard that somewhere before.
     
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    Pictures? Please??

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    Cool, they'll be ready in 20 years!
     
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  8. otterhound

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    How do you figure this ? The billets should be down to 6-8 percent in a few weeks . Softwoods dry quickly .
     
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  9. otterhound

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    Yes , I will .
     
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  10. otterhound

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    As per request .
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    And the work has just begun . Tomorrow will bring some more chainsaw cutting . Hopefully , I will have wedges tomorrow , and possibly billets . I will post some pics along the way .
     
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    So Norway spruce… is that it's own species? Is it closer to sitka or red or englemann?

    6-8 weeks seems optimistic for billets, is that until it's ready for the kiln? Sorry for the nitpicky questions, I build mandolins- TP
     
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    score.
     
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  14. otterhound

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    Yes , Picea Aibes . It is none of those that you mentioned . It is the native European Spruce that has been used for hundreds of years . You will see it advertised as German , Italian , Austrian , Yugoslavian , Carpathian .....
    A fellow names Antonio Stradivarius used Picea Aibes .
    There is a luthier named Andy Mueller that built a Sycamore Mandolin using some of my wood .
    This will not be kilned . Soft woods dry much faster than hardwoods . At this time of year , drying will go very quickly due to lower ambient humidity and the cooler temps .
    I have a kiln , but it shouldn't be necessary for this wood .
    I will PM you .
     
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    Yes, Antonio also called it Norwegian in one log :)
     
  16. otterhound

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    The valley where instrument trees are harvested still exists today somewhere in the Italian or Austrian Alps . The story is that luthiers would walk about smacking trees with heavy hammers . They would choose the one/s that rang the best . They were harvested in December under a waning moon . There are suppliers that still harvest this way today . Search Moonspruce .
     
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    The Beatles called it "Norwegian Wood" ;).


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    I believe Martin used it on some guitars in the 70s, or so I've been told.
     
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    Living next door to Norway and never heard the term before I had to look it up. No such thing existed. Norwegian pine is the same as german pine, or karpatian pine it's all european pine. Nothing wrong with local names. (karpatian pine actually is suposed to indicate a quality. That it is grown high up in the mountains giving dense yearrings. But german pine don't mean a thing other that it came from germany).

    Im not trying to diminish your score, but since I've never heard of it I had to look it up. And now I've learned something new today.
     
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  20. otterhound

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    No worries . Pine is pine but it is not spruce . There are differences . Norway Spruce is only a designation . European spruce would be the common name in Europe .
     
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