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Re: Buying a Huge Butternut Log
« Reply #60 on: January 12, 2021, 10:34:55 AM »
Stan, not even a walnut, and not native butternut for sure. I have not see that grain in mine. Lots of light pink, grey, chestnut brown in all my butternut furniture. You can see two different boards here side by side with water-base finish, non yellowing.




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Re: Buying a Huge Butternut Log
« Reply #61 on: January 12, 2021, 10:41:51 AM »
Darker piece, planed only



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Re: Buying a Huge Butternut Log
« Reply #62 on: January 12, 2021, 12:42:07 PM »
Here's a ~30" eastern cottonwood on the mill. The end is covered with ancorseal:





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« Reply #63 on: January 12, 2021, 01:25:50 PM »
Thanks Alan, I would say you are right about the cottonwood.  I wish I had never seen the ad for butternut.  I sent the guy a message and pictures of the chambered pith.  Told him to check some twigs.  He sent me back a picture of several twigs split down the middle with no chambers.  He insisted it was still butternut.  I just called him and told him that it cannot be butternut.  I feel like he needs money and is desperate to sell these logs as butternut, since he clearly can't claim it is walnut.  At least now I know a lot about butternut that I didn't know before.
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« Reply #64 on: January 12, 2021, 01:39:06 PM »
 smiley_clapping thumbs-up You did the proper thing.
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« Reply #65 on: January 12, 2021, 02:56:59 PM »
Just curious. After you looked at it then said you were going to come back and get it. Did you tell him you would take it. Then over time you determined on here it wasn’t 

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« Reply #66 on: January 12, 2021, 03:05:29 PM »
I looked at it and told him how much I would be willing to pay if I determined that it was indeed butternut.  I told him that I wasn't sure because there was no sign of a nut anywhere on the ground.  Came back here and got info here that lead me to believe it was not butternut.  I message him right away last night and told him all the things he needed to check to make sure it was butternut.  I don't feel that either of was dishonest.  Just neither of us expert enough to know for sure.  
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« Reply #67 on: January 12, 2021, 08:03:30 PM »
The chambered pith does not lie.  Stan, your wood sure looks like elm to me. 
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Re: Buying a Huge Butternut Log
« Reply #68 on: January 13, 2021, 03:10:17 AM »
Stan, your wood sure looks like elm to me.
Having a second glance, I would have to agree. I'd like to see the end grain. Nice clear photo if you would. ;D
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« Reply #69 on: January 13, 2021, 03:28:53 AM »
A little bit of curl grain in butternut.



You can see the planer fuzzed up the grain some. Anyone have a spiral planer? ;D
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« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2021, 03:51:22 AM »
Stan, here's white elm, it gets quite light (weight) when dry.



Had a guy saw some elm for me. He thought he had some red oak in a stack he sawed. I spied some of my elm, that was fine because I was giving him wood for sawing. But I says in my head, "if you want to be a dishonest sawyer (this guy is a forest technician so should know local woods) let me get what is mine so I can go home". :D My dad and uncle were there to help load and tail my logs/lumber in my absence and the guy quits in the middle of the day, with maybe 10 logs left to saw. Dad was not impressed, nor I. Not a model sawyer. Needless to say, I had some butternut laying there to spoil. By the time I came along asking to saw the remainder, the butternut was all spoiled. Became firewood kindling. He is like a lot of wannabes that bought mills in my area at the time, most mills are parked in the weeds or sold. ;) I know a couple good fellas that stuck it out and had great service.
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