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DOGWOOD

Cornus spp.

Cornus spp. of the family Cornaceae. Most commonly this is "flowering dogwood" (which is Cornus florida of the Family Cornaceae) but there are at least 40 members of the genus Cornus, some others of which also produce lumber.

In addition, there are at least another 40 species from two dozen genera that have dogwood as all or part of one or more of their common names, so "dogwood" is not necessarily much of a help in figuring out what species a wood is.

Fairly heavy and fine grained, it turns very nicely, and it has a very high shock resistance that makes it ideal for wooden mallets, chisle handles, and textile shuttles.



my samples:

These samples were provided by William Brooke in Beautiful Mt. Lehman, B.C. --- I have never visited Mt Lehman and so cannot say what color it truly is, but William says it is beautiful and who am I to argue? My thanks for this, and other samples that William has provided.

I note that this dogwood has the same smooth pink appearance and texture as European pearwood veneer.


plank #1, "raw" with a slight patina from age and a light coat of oil that William put on it, and then the same piece after I fine-sanded it. This piece has some spalting, as you can see, and also some rot along the crotch line where a small branch came into the trunk.


the other side of plank #1, again raw and then sanded


same piece as directly above but moistened with water (after it was sanded)


end grain of plank #1, fine-sanded


a couple of end grain closeups of plank #1 after I resanded the butt end to show the grain better --- not all that fine a sanding job, as you can see from the scratch marks in the end grain shot itself, but MUCH better than it was in the pics directly above. For clear results, see directly below.


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


plank #2, also raw and then fine-sanded


the other side of plank #2, also raw then fine-sanded


both ends of plank #2, both fine-sanded


both sides of a sample plank of Western dogwood / Cornus occidentalis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a quartersawn western dogwood sample plank with ray flakes


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above --- notice how on the end grain shot (not the closeup) it is very clear how the ray flakes on the face surface show up most prominently when the growth rings are directly perpendicular to that surface (meaning the rays are parallel to that surface, which is why the ray flakes show up so well) and that the flakes are much less prominent when the growth rings are at an angle to the face --- the 2nd enlargement shows this really clearly.


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above --- definitely a case where the fine sanding makes a noticible difference in the color of the wood (thus the more reddish color in this pic than in the one it is an update of)


sample plank and end grain --- this was listed specifically as flowering dogwood / Cornus florida


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of flowering dogwoood / Cornus florida --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample of pink dogwood --- HUGE enlargements are present; the ray flakes on the face grain show up much better in the face grain closeup down below


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


face grain closeup and side grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of alternate leaf dogwood / Cornus alternifolia --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of alternate leaf dogwood / Cornus alternifolia --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of alternate leaf dogwood / Cornus alternifolia --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of silky dogwood / Cornus amomum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of kousa dogwood / Cornus kousa --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. I don't know why the unlabeled side has slightly more pink in the color, it just does.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of gray dogwood / Cornus racemosa --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above



The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
alternate leaved dogwood (Cornus alternifolia, also listed as alternate leaved cornel) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
flowering dogwood (Cornus florida, also listed as boxwood) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views



web pics:


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain


3 views of the same 2 planks


planks


planks specifically listed as Cornus nuttalii


pen blanks


bowl blank and turning stock


small slabs listed as drijen / cornel / Cornus mas (and which is more commonly called "common dogwood" in the USA --- dirjen is an Eastern European name). The piece on the right has been moistened for the pic and as you can see, moistening has only a modest effect on the color, probably because the wood is so dense.


pink dogwood


mallet


dogwood bowls turned and photographed by Tom Pleatman, whom I thank for these pics and other contributions to the site. Big enlargements are present.