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Offline Ron Wenrich

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Mystery log
« on: July 30, 2001, 03:39:19 PM »
Every once in a while, the loggers will bring in a log that they don't know the species.  It took me about 5 minutes, and I had to talk my way through it.  

The forester who marked the sale got it wrong, and he had the branches and leaves.



It was about an 18" tree, and it's the only one I've ever sawn in 20 years.

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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2001, 06:22:35 PM »
Looks kind of like Redbud :-/
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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2001, 07:54:20 PM »
The Bark looks kinda like hard maple, but the end of the log looks a lot like a  big hearted American Elm
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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2001, 02:38:57 PM »
Heck if I know, I ain't no sawyer ;D

I guessing it's something rare, or you'd have sawn it before.  I'll guess sassafras.  Naw, heartwood's probably too dark.  I give. :-/

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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2001, 03:17:32 PM »
Most guys are pretty good when they have a leaf or something like that.  

When I took dendrology, we were shown the leaves as we went through the course.  We all felt a little cocky.  Then the fall came, and the leaves weren't around.  So, I learned to ID trees by tree form and bark.

My first mill job was to scale logs.  Then all I had was the bark.  Now, I don't even have that.

At first, I thought this tree might have been an exotic cherry.  The wood coloration was about right, but not in the end section.  The bark also looks a lot like cherry, but it isn't fissured right.  It does have lentils like birch and cherry.

The forester ID was for Kentucky coffee tree.  That's wrong.  I know coffee tree, and this isn't it.

Last hint.  Think thornless variety.
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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2001, 03:35:14 PM »
 :D 8) :D
No really is it Jeff's complex leaf?
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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2001, 09:21:45 PM »
I can see it now!  Never knew the wood was that dark.  How did the lumber turn out?  

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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2001, 02:28:53 PM »
Locust, but the color is different than I remember.
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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2001, 03:43:56 PM »
Actually, its honey locust.  Looked up the specs on it, and it gets lumped in with Kentucky coffee tree.  But, coffee tree seems more brown in the heart.

I've only sawn a couple of logs.  The lumber is really nice.  Kind of like open-grained cherry.

We've been throwing it into pallet stock, but, I believe I'm going bring it home and see how it dries.  

Next time I saw some, I'll put up pictures of the sawn lumber.
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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2001, 05:17:50 PM »
Do we have to wait another 20 years?
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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2001, 02:36:42 PM »
Since my pictures were apparently lost, I'll post them again.

Here is what the honey locust lumber looks like.




And here is what it looks like close up.



I have about 150 bf of clear lumber.  All the hearts went into railroad ties.  Still have a few more to cut.




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Re: Mystery log
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2001, 02:41:26 PM »
Thanks Ron! I was hoping you would restore this!
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