Redwood top?

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Trevor Gore
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Re: Redwood top?

Post by Trevor Gore » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:39 am

SteveL123 wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:49 pm
May I ask if you have actually seen sprouts growing out of a Redwood stump?
Plenty. Take a drive up Highway 101 from 'Frisco through Santa Rosa, Healdsburg and up into Mendocino county. Beautiful redwood country, old growth logging from last century with up to 100 years regrowth from the old stumps. And plenty of guitar related stuff, too.
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Re: Redwood top?

Post by lux » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:06 pm

The specific epithet of the species' botanical name -- Sequoia sempervirens -- provides a clue here. "Sempervirens" is Latin for "always flourishing" and is a direct allusion to the tree's resilience in springing back from major damage. Redwoods would never grow to be thousands of years old if they didn't have that feature: fire is a natural part of West Coast ecology. Along the redwood corridor, curiosity shops often sell cut-off burls of redwood, which will resprout if you keep them in a dish of water. It's desire to come back to life is just irrepressible. If you live in redwood country, you'll learn that resprouting stumps can be a problem...they're almost impossible to kill. I had to have a redwood with a 40" caliper removed when I bought my house because it was starting to lean precariously toward the living room (the insurer insisted). This is what the stump looks like now a few years later (I had stripped all the sprouts off last spring).

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Re: Redwood top?

Post by Jim Frieson » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:21 am

What it brings , I cannot describe . But it does bring something in rich complexity that is not there in western red cedar or in any of the spruces I have ever used . Just strung another one with a redwood top , and like all the others I have built with redwood I find it pleasing ; there has not been an exception .
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Re: Redwood top?

Post by Gordon Guttmann » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:44 pm

beautiful work Jim lovely guitar! Very nice piece of redwood by the way.

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Re: Redwood top?

Post by lux » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:34 pm

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That's an exceptional piece of redwood. Is that some kind of celluloid purfling you're using?

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Re: Redwood top?

Post by Jim Frieson » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:32 am

No plastic .

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Re: Redwood top?

Post by brian » Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:23 am

and once again the word
elegant springs to mind with
another of jim's guitars. what
a beauty!! would love to own
a Frieson guitar someday if i could.
if at first you don't succeed try again.
then quit.
there's no use being a damn fool about it.
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Re: Redwood top?

Post by Jim Frieson » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:07 am

Thanks people

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