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JUNIPER

Juniperus spp.

Juniperus spp. of the family Ephedraceae. There are at least 5 dozen species in the genus Juniperus that have the word juniper as all or part of one or more of their common names, and I have no idea which of them are represented on this page except as specifically noted. Regions of growth are worldwide. ADDITIONALLY, there are another 16 or more species from almost as many genera that also have the word juniper as all or part of one or more of their common names. It is my intent (and I do NOT know that I have been successful) that the woods on this page all be from the genus Juniperus.

Some types of juniper look a lot like aromatic red cedar (a close relative) and some look quite a bit like yew.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions


both sides of a sample plank of Western Juniper / Juniperus occidentalis


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Western juniper / Juniperus occidentalis --- 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 Western juniper / Juniperus occidentalis --- 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 prickly juniper / Juniperus oxycedrus --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This species is also known as Mediterranean juniper.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of prickly juniper / Juniperus oxycedrus --- 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


both sides of a sample plank of prickly juniper / Juniperus oxycedrus --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This species is also known as Mediterranean juniper.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Rocky Mountain juniper / Juniperus scopulorum --- 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 Rocky Mountain juniper / Juniperus scopulorum --- 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 Ashe juniper / Juniperus ashei --- 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 Utah juniper / Juniperus osteosperma --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. At a quick glance, this could easily be mistaken for yew or olive.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Utah juniper / Juniperus osteosperma --- 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 Utah juniper / Juniperus osteosperma --- 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 Utah juniper / Juniperus osteosperma --- 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 oneseed juniper / Juniperus monosperma --- 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 oneseed juniper / Juniperus monosperma --- 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 Pfitzer juniper / Juniperus x pfitzeriana --- 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 Pfitzer juniper / Juniperus x pfitzeriana --- 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 Pfitzer juniper / Juniperus x pfitzeriana --- 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


both sides of a sample plank of Pfitzer juniper / Juniperus x pfitzeriana --- 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


both sides of a sample plank of Pfitzer juniper / Juniperus x pfitzeriana --- 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 Chinese juniper / Juniperus chinensis --- 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



The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis, also listed as yellow cedar) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
California juniper (Juniperus californica, also listed as sweet fruited juniper) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views

Very likely the heartwood started off fairly reddish but has faded over time

web pics:


log ends and a plaque --- these are unusually red, I'm not sure if color is accurate or exaggerated


log end of Western juniper / Juniperus occidentalis


planks


planks ... even if moistened of the pics (which I'm sure they were) these seem to be unusually bright red


plank end grain listed as Rocky Mountain juniper / Juniperus scopulorum


plank listed as Arabian juniper / Juniperus phoenicea


planks listed as scrub juniper / Juniperus communis


plank listed as "bird's eye"


end grain of a piece listed as Juniperus oxycedrus with the common name prickly juniper


end grain scales


moistened pen blanks


two views of turning stock


plank listed as Western juniper


plank listed as Chinese juniper


scales


stabilized juniper scales


turning stock



four views of the same piece of turning stock


judging from the bowl below, this must be an attractive wood but you wouldn't know it by looking at this picture. This is a very low-quality picture, so I have not provided an enlargement


a ha! this is more like it. the bowl below clearly was made from a piece more like this one than the one directly above. On the other hand, this piece looks EXACTLY like aromatic red cedar, so may have been mislabeled.


bowls


bowl made from juniper. It is about 3.5" in diameter and under 2" tall and has a finish of wax over polyurethane.


bowl blank, waxed and very red --- I wonder if that's at least partially an effect of the camera, not the wood


table and bench


finger ring


two views of a small cup (about the size of a regular styrofoam cup). The pics were provided by Mark Freeland who tells me he used boiled lindseed oil then blond shellac as finishes and buffed it. Thanks Mark. Enlargements are present and they show the grain even better.


juniper cup


rocker


sculpture


table


trivet


lamps


juniper gun cabinet


table bottom --- wish I had the pic of the top, but couldn't find it.


juniper burl knife handle


box and letter holder made from juniper root burl --- looks very similar to camphor burl


pen turned from juniper / Juniperus spp. Photograph contributed to the site by the pen turner, Bruce Selyem, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The pen is finished with shellwax.