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Any ideas on what this is?
« on: November 17, 2019, 12:24:20 PM »
While resawing some stuff the other day, we pried this out of an old hand-hewn beam.  It was embedded in the surface.
It's coal black.  It barely registers on a metal detector.  Can't scratch it with a knife, hacksaw, or file.  Both ends and one face are broken.  The rest is a polished curve with small raised lines on it.  It's about 1/4" wide.  The beam had been inside a building and was in good shape.  Maybe part of an old circular sawblade?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Any ideas on what this is?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2019, 12:28:33 PM »
Interesting.  Curious results with the file and metal detector.  

Probably not of this planet.   Maybe the same material that is used in alien implants I've read about.   :D

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2019, 12:30:52 PM »
 :D
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Re: Any ideas on what this is?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2019, 12:41:55 PM »
Something used from a Musket as Ammo back in the Day,
Probably entered the tree first then sawn into a beam.
Always fun too investigate odd objects.
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2019, 12:47:18 PM »
The third picture down looks a bit like the base of a minie ball.  Unusual for it to be so hard, but in a pinch they'd stick anything down the barrel.

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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2019, 01:20:53 PM »
Could be a rock (mineral for snobby rock collectors). Anything with a hardness above 6.5 (steel file), like quartz (7.0 hardness) up to diamond at 10.0 hardness will not get scratched by the steel file. Can't say how it got into the finished beam.

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Re: Any ideas on what this is?
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2019, 01:27:13 PM »
Might be rutile or one of the other titanium bearing heavy minerals found in NE Florida.

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2019, 01:49:37 PM »
Something used from a Musket as Ammo back in the Day,
Probably entered the tree first then sawn into a beam.
Always fun too investigate odd objects.
I was thinking the same thing, if you look at the bottom it looks almost as if it broke off of something.

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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2019, 02:39:10 PM »
Something used from a Musket as Ammo back in the Day,
Probably entered the tree first, then sawn into a beam.
Always fun too investigate odd objects.
Looks like a fossilized Mastodon tooth :D
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2019, 04:10:40 PM »
some kind of nugget :laugh:
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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2019, 04:51:42 PM »
Something used from a Musket as Ammo back in the Day,
Probably entered the tree first then sawn into a beam.
Always fun too investigate odd objects.
Naw, the beam was hand hewn and it was barely breaking the surface.  This got there after the beam was in use.
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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2019, 04:53:39 PM »
The third picture down looks a bit like the base of a minie ball.  Unusual for it to be so hard, but in a pinch they'd stick anything down the barrel.

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Way too small to be part of a minnie ball.  Too hard, too.  Took the pics with a cell phone, so...
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2019, 04:55:31 PM »
Could be a rock (mineral for snobby rock collectors). Anything with a hardness above 6.5 (steel file), like quartz (7.0 hardness) up to diamond at 10.0 hardness will not get scratched by the steel file. Can't say how it got into the finished beam.
Agreed.  But how do you explain the raised lines and the polished surfaces?
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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2019, 04:56:49 PM »
Might be rutile or one of the other titanium bearing heavy minerals found in NE Florida.
Possible, but I believe this came from Ohio.  Certainly not from anywhere around here.
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2019, 04:59:34 PM »
Something used from a Musket as Ammo back in the Day,
Probably entered the tree first, then sawn into a beam.
Always fun too investigate odd objects.
Looks like a fossilized Mastodon tooth :D
Where do you find pigmy Mastodons? :D
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« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2019, 05:02:35 PM »
Something used from a Musket as Ammo back in the Day,
Probably entered the tree first then sawn into a beam.
Always fun too investigate odd objects.
I was thinking the same thing, if you look at the bottom it looks almost as if it broke off of something.
It certainly is broken off, on three sides.  I don't understand this.
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« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2019, 06:32:12 PM »
It looks like a broken gear tooth to me.
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« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2019, 06:45:33 PM »
Gotta be a Highly Valuable Walnut egg.  I've heard that they are as scarce as "hen's teeth".  :o
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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2019, 07:46:21 PM »
Something used from a Musket as Ammo back in the Day,
Probably entered the tree first then sawn into a beam.
Always fun too investigate odd objects.
I was thinking the same thing, if you look at the bottom it looks almost as if it broke off of something.
It certainly is broken off, on three sides.  I don't understand this.
Must be part of a tool....

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Actually there are several minerals that have surfaces like that right out of the ground. If it was embedded on the outside of the beam, it could have come from anywhere between Ohio (where it came from) and Florida (where I assume it was sawed last). That rock/black ceramic/mini-mastodon tooth/walnut egg could have been picked up from wherever the log was put down during handling.


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