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Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« on: June 27, 2017, 07:34:35 PM »
I'm pulling some hand hewn mortise and tenon beams out of a collapsed barn and I'm trying to identify what they are. I'd rip one to get a look at the grain but I don't actually own them yet. I found some bark remaining on a couple of them. If anybody can tell me what I've got by looking at 100+ year old bark I'd really appreciate it.
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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 09:54:44 PM »
yellow poplar, tulip tree, liriodendron tulipifloa, or spelled some what like that,  Then again, maybe not.
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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2017, 10:14:33 PM »
Sorry TR, but I believe it to be hickory. 
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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 06:17:22 PM »
I'd guess a red oak from up high in the tree. I'm thinking it looks like a scarlet just under the first crotch.

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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2017, 09:13:02 PM »
I vote tulip

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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2017, 10:00:37 PM »
Any chance of getting any pictures of the wood, doesn't have to be ripped, just not painted.
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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2017, 10:23:50 PM »
Oh yea of little faith.  It is hickory, probably bitternut. 

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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2017, 11:14:48 PM »
Thanks for all the input! Here's a couple shots of the wood itself. All the beams appear to be similar but it's entirely possible whoever built it was just chopping down the closest tree. I know that's what I would do.



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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2017, 11:29:06 PM »
I'm thinking the Hickory votes might be on to something. As far as it being red oak from high up I'm not so sure. The growth out here is dense so we get more up then out. These beams are pretty heavy 10x10's 15-20 ft long. No idea how I'm actually going to transport these beasts or what I'll actually do with them but that's a problem for another day.

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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2017, 09:12:15 AM »
I with draw my tulip pople and go with Danny's hickory.
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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2017, 11:05:53 AM »
I with draw my tulip pople and go with Danny's hickory.
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Re: Bark ID in Pennsylvania
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2017, 11:49:06 AM »
Awesome!! Thanks so much everyone.


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