I have accidentally become a huge fan of Pecan wood. The majority of the spoons and kitchen utensils I make are from found Pecan limbs and branches. Pecan is a hardwood species belonging to the hickory family of trees. It does not seem to be overly popular for use in woodworking and I can not figure out if this is due to its geographical distribution or if it just has a bad rap in the woodworking community.
Despite its perceived lack of popularity amongst woodworkers, I have really come to rely heavily on the beautiful wood of the Pecan tree in my projects. It is everywhere here in South Louisiana and finding large fallen limbs and branches takes little more effort than keeping your eyes open when driving down tree-lined highways. It always amazes me how different Pecan wood can vary in appearance not only from tree to tree, but at times even from different sections of the same tree. Milling Pecan limbs into lumber is always fun due to the fact the end product can rarely be predicted.
Below are some pictures of spoons and utensils that I have made from Pecan and a few other species of wood. My challenge to you is to see if you can tell which pieces have been made from Pecan and which pieces are made of a different species. If you are anything like me you will be surprised to discover how different this wood can appear. Please let me know if you think you have all of the Pecan pieces identified and I will let you know if you are right. Good Luck!
If you are a wood identification master and think you have it all figured out please email me or message me on my Facebook page tool-school.com. If you would like to learn how to make your own wooden spoons check out my article on how to make wooden spoons with hand tools here.
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