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REDBUD

Cercis spp.

Cercis spp. of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family, includeing at least the following:

Cercis arizonica --- this is a synonym for Cercis occidentalis
Cercis canadensis --- redbud, American redbud, Judas tree, Eastern redbud, Texas redbud
Cercis occidentalis --- California redbud, Western redbud, Arizona redbud
Cercis reniformis --- Eastern redbud
Cercis siliquastrum --- redbud / Judas tree



my samples:


color change in Eastern redbud. I ran across the burl plank shown on the right when pulling out some other stuff and noticed what you see compared to the original pic I took of it 18 months ago. First, the area of the plank that was not covered by another piece, and which was thus exposed to both oxygen and indirect sunlight, has darked appreciably and second, the area that was not exposed to sunlight but was still exposed somewhat to oxygen, has changed from greenish to pure brown.


both sides of a sample plank of redbud / Cercis canadensis --- 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 redbud / Cercis canadensis --- 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 redbud / Cercis canadensis --- 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


sample plank and end grain of provided to me as Eastern redbud / "Cercus" (should be cercis) canadensis by the IWCS. The crappy quality of the sample (you should see the OTHER side) is fairly common in the samples I got from that organization and I also note that the genus name is spelled incorrectly --- pretty shoddy for an organization that is supposed to help set the standards.


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above --- unlike almost all of the end grain updates, this is a case where the rays in the wood show up better in the "before" pic.


both sides of a piece of Eastern redbud contributed to the site by Neil Scheidt who also sent the pics of the box further down this page. Thank you Neil.


end grain, end grain closeup, and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above



All of the pieces from here down to "web pics" were contributed to the site by Nelson Woodworks. Many thanks, Daren.



both sides of a set of turning stock


end grain of the 3 pieces directly above (the darker and browner color of these, relative to most of the pics in this section, is correct)


end grain closeups of the 3 pieces directly above


both sides of a plank


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


the next three planks are all cut from the same long plank, as shown here (this pic has a bit too much yellow in it)


both side of a plank


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a plank


both sides of a plank


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above but worked from the other end of the piece




The three shots below were provided to me as Judas tree by Miles Hember who obtained the piece from a downed tree. It is still quite green (in seasoning). My thanks to Miles for the contribution. Miles sent high-res photos, so both levels of enlargement are available on all 3 pics


Judas tree rough cut log section


same piece after planing


end grain shot of the same piece





both sides of a burly/curly slab


closeups from both sides of the burly/curly slab directly above


cluster burl slab and closeup


cluster burl slab and closeup



web pics:


tree cross-sections showing end grain and sapwood


Eastern redbus log ends, freshly cut


bookmatched pair of planks and a closeup --- showing once again the difficulty in taking color-correct pics of wood. I believe the distance pic has the color more or less correct.


planks / slabs


plank listed as Judas tree


plank listed as Cercis canadensis and harvested in Texas


plank listed as redbud / Cercis canadensis and harvested in Kansas --- NOTE: this was not listed as a burl, but clearly it is.


plank listed as redbud / Cercis canadensis and harvested in Indiana


slab


bowl blank listed as Cercis canadensis


spalted plank


Eastern redbud turning stock


end grain of some of the turning stock directly above


pen blank smoistened for the pics


burl pen blanks


burl sections (the second one was shot in the shade and is actually a brighter wood than what shows here)


burl section listed as Eastern redbud





Two views of an Eastern redbud box made by Neil Scheidt. It was finished with a coat of natural stain to seal it and then a few coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. The grain shows more clearly in the enlargements.


pen


two views of a rough-turned bowl


bowls


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


vases


hollow form


two views of a vase --- the extreme difference in color between the two pics is just another example of how difficult it can be to take color-correct pics of wood


burl bowl, top and bottom


same bowl as directly above --- closeup and a pic showing one side of the bowl when first finished then after it had aged. Note the rather startling change in color of the sapwood.