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unknown logs
« on: April 28, 2010, 07:30:05 PM »
A tree service guy brought me these nice logs to saw last week. Can anyone tell me what kind of tree they were from? Please, no one tell me they came from a crooked tree. ;)

 

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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2010, 08:11:38 PM »
The heartwood looks a bit like Hickory but the bark could also fit an old mulberry or even a black willow.  Both of the latter could also have a heartwood configuration like that. 

That's just a guess, cause I don't know. :)
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2010, 09:05:40 PM »
It's notsweetgum!  ;D
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2010, 09:17:24 PM »
Could be elm.
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2010, 09:33:14 PM »
Radar is correct for sure. I will get a picture of some of the wood tomorrow if I remember.
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2010, 09:35:20 PM »
If it is elm, it will have noticeable wavy bands in the latewood.  A closer pic of the bark would be nice.  They are a little crooked :) .
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2010, 09:40:41 PM »
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They are a little crooked
Yes they were, but the boards came out nice and straight. ;D
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2010, 05:26:44 AM »
I'm leaning towards an ornamental elm, either Chinese or Siberian. 
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2010, 05:50:50 AM »
It would have to be an elm to be that ugly. You going to make ugly sticks with that wood?  :)

Could be a rock elm. Would make some good handles. Hope you sawed some thicker than one inch.  ;D
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2010, 10:45:31 AM »
One man's elm is another man's elm  ;D.
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2010, 01:46:39 PM »
Some bark and a small scrap board I planed.

 



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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2010, 09:58:10 PM »
That wood looks like elm to me.
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2010, 10:48:17 PM »
I thought elm too, but that bark is odd for elm. Perhaps an upper?

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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2010, 08:01:51 PM »
Very elmy as you can see the wavy pattern of the latewood pores in the outer portion of each growth ring.
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2010, 08:06:19 PM »
A picture of the end grain.
 


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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2010, 08:37:38 PM »
Uh oh.  That is not classic elm.  Back to the drawing board.  Is the wood hard like hickory?  It really looks like pecan from the end grain, but that is definitely not pecan bark. 
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2010, 09:37:27 PM »
The logs sawed about like red oak. Definitely not hickory or pecan.
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2010, 10:31:15 PM »
Looks like what I call a red elm. Have some stacked up to saw.
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2010, 01:15:05 AM »
The wood kinda looks like honey locust.
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Re: unknown logs
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2010, 04:05:08 AM »
Those upper sections look like a walnut (not black), but butternut is a real possibility. I'm seeing gray and brown interlacing in that sawed section. Looks like a lustre to the end grain shot as well. As far as looking at those rings from that first image, I've seen a number or species show that wavy edge to a ring, including butternut. The waviness of elm is in the late wood poor pattern across the ring, not so much the edge. I think we can rule out any hard elms as the early wood pores are very faint in those species. It's not American elm because the late wood pores are easily visible with their ribbon pattern in that species.

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