Bird's Eye Pine/Knotty Pine/Pecky Pine: I'm Confused.

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Recently I posted picks of the Wedding Card/Keep Sake box I made for a young couple.

https://woodworkingweb.com/creations/2102-wedding-keep-sake-card-box

I made the box from Birds’ Eye/Knotty Pine that I found at Lowes, or Home Depot, earlier this year. I’ve only seen this kind of Birds’ Eye/Knotty Pine once before, back in the early/mid 80’s.

I love the pattern, and wish I could have found more boards. :-( I’m working on another Wedding Card/Keep Sake box and have my parts rough cut. This time I’m using Mesquite in the lid, which will go with some knots in the sides.

Any way, thought I’d share some pics.

Keith "Shin" Schindler

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a1jim ...

Interesting ,but to be truthful I’ve see a fair amount of pine like this but I don’t think I regard it as Birds eye.Perhps the board further away from the camera has more of a birds eye look ?

kiefer ...

Here is a pine computer that is made of what I consider birds eye pine which is easy to find around here .

a1jim ...

What Klaus posted is what I know as birds eye figure. Nice work Klaus

Shin ...

Looks like I’ve known Birds Eye all wrong. Bummer. Oh well. :-)

a1jim ...

Shin
No big deal we all live and learn.Basically what you photo shows are either small inclusions or insect damage, many folks still use them as accents in their projects.

Shin ...

Thorreain ...

I have used some of that Birdseye pine shin. It is figured similar to actual Birdseye maple. It’s a lot more sticky than the regular knotty pine so I only used it on the one project. My local box store is Kent, which is a brand name of Irving. Irving has millions of acres in wood that they use, plant cultivate and harvest. The local sales rep that sold it to me had not seen it until then either but I have seen it a few times since. And it was labeled as birds eyed pine again. The better looking that I find of this figure has more blemishes per square foot, which adds character. When I used it I had to clean up all my blades right after because they seemed to be very sticky, I just wiped everything down with methyl hydrate and a bit of elbow grease. If you like the figure then use it, anything that is natural is beautiful in my opinion.

a1jim ...

I think if you look on sites that sell birds eye woods you’ll see theirs look like the photos that Klaus posted. The links you posted In my opinion have not identified their wood correctly. The figure referred to as “birdseye” looks like eyes not just dots. even though there seems to be a number of folks that seem to be mislabeling their wood.
http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/birdseye-maple/

kiefer ...

Shin
I think this is what you have take a look at this site
http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/_g_P.htm

Shin ...

From what I’ve seen on the internet, there’s a number of us calling my Pine Birds’ Eye Pine.

Keifer’s link to the Hobbit House Inc. turned up pics of “Pecky” wood, which looks like the figuring on my Pine.

A1Jim’s link is to www.wood-database.com has Birds’ Eye Maple listed, but not Birds’ Eye Pine. I even made a point to look under Soft Woods, but no Joy.

Tried a Texas A&M and Forestry Services, too but haven’t found any definite definition/picture of Birds’ Eye Pine.

Guess the misunderstanding will live on.

a1jim ...

I guess it all boils down to we can call the figure what ever we want :)) No harm no foul.