Vanilla Wood

My twin brother has been salvaging wood from the farm we grew up in.  Big beautiful irregular slab cuts of trees circa deeply aged 1860. 

My children seem to do yearly chin up's on the towel bars and rip them free of of the walls in the bathrooms - So I decieded to take one of the farm slab pieces and finish and spar varnish it and then mount towel bars on it.  Tied to the wall with 6 x 1/4 inch bolts and it seems as sturdy as the wall itself.  Perhaps it will withstand the onslaught of winged monkies that are my brood. 

The thing is, I don't know what kind of wood it is.  My brother says oak and it well could be.  It smells like madagacar vanilla when it is cut, with hints of burbon.  Not the usual oak aroma.  The flavor industry does convert lignin into vanilin - so perhaps this slab has done the same.

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Spring maple?

June 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterDustan Doud

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