Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Re: Sweet gum
Response To:
Sweet gum ()

Charlie
Turn of the century four-square homes in Midtown Memphis used red gum/sweet gum for doors, mouldings, and trim profusely. It's beautiful wood -- has a bit of the look of mahogany to my eye. I have one growing in my backyard. They sprout from what we called 'gum balls' as kids -- the spiny seed or whatever they are botanically. I've probably got twenty of them coming up at the base of the tree as I've not done my spring yard clean up just yet, at least not the heavy stuff.

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