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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #40 on: December 10, 2007, 10:29:49 PM »
Ok, things didn't go as planned. ::)
I had some trouble trying to shave it down smooth due too the chainsaw marks and you can sorta see some of the shave marks as it isn't totally flat.
I ended up breaking it smaller then planned while trying to shave it. :-\
Too make matters worse, the scanner only goes up to 600 dpi. ::)

So if you can't tell anything from this pic, then I'll have to cut off a bigger piece and run it past the table saw before shaving it.
Then I'll have to dig out the better scanner and hook it up.

 

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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #41 on: December 10, 2007, 10:38:41 PM »
Furby, what you have there is an oak.  Definitely not cherry or birch.
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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #42 on: December 10, 2007, 10:41:43 PM »
Oh really ???
Guess I gotta stop looking at bark and leaves and even wood color. ;)

Honestly, I thought the same thing while shaving it, but I give you my word that that is not an oak.

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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #43 on: December 11, 2007, 07:42:08 AM »
That's cherry. I think WDH might be seeing big open pores for some reason. I think the piece is suffering a bit from being frozen and frosty and not being shaved real smooth. Beleive me it's hard to get a smooth shaving of cherry or any hardwood.  ;D  But, I see 6 semi-distinct rings and very distinct rays (those vertical white lines). No way to mistake that for birch.  If you had a hand lens you would see pores, but you would have to have real good eyesight to see them otherwise. Ya did real good Furby. :)
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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #44 on: December 11, 2007, 08:14:41 AM »
Furby, you and SD are right.  FedEx me some of that cherry, and be sure to add some crow :).  I will cook the crow with some grits.  After it is all cooked, I am sure y'all would throw out the grits and just eat the crow ;D.

I mistook the saw marks as growth rings.  Instead of many rings in the pic, I now see that there are only about 5.  I also can see the single row of large pores at the beginning of the growth ring.  Where is the crow eating smiley ???.



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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #45 on: December 11, 2007, 11:52:36 AM »
WDH is right the pores are a bit larger at the beginning of the growth ring, but I haven't good enough eye sight to see them. I'm pretty sure the largest pores are narrower than the largest ray. The wood can be semi diffuse like butternut as well, not always. The pores kind of cluster a bit as you move into the late wood. ;)
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« Reply #46 on: December 12, 2007, 07:30:36 AM »
Furby, you understand why it ain't birch or errm oak? ;)  If you run your tongue across a fresh cut surface you should taste a hint of bitter almond. ;)
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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #47 on: December 12, 2007, 09:29:00 AM »
If you run your tongue across a fresh cut surface you should taste a hint of bitter almond.

Ya and if it was  aspen you wouldn't have slivers in your tongue after you did that.  :D
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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #48 on: December 13, 2007, 11:17:50 PM »
I'm pretty much seeing what you described, but being able to tell it apart from birch will have to wait until I can see both side by side. :)
I really need to take a closer look at the bark and leaves/branches next summer and compare them to some other trees up there as well as at home.
After all, most of my ID work is on standing trees and cutting one down just to ID it isn't a really good practice to get into I don't think!  :D

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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #49 on: December 14, 2007, 06:10:15 AM »
Too much work ;D.
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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #50 on: December 14, 2007, 07:13:44 AM »
It don't matter when it's standing, just call'm palm trees. And if you day dream real hard, that cold white stuff turns to warm sand. I can see Furby out there now making sand angles and sand castles. ;D
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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #51 on: December 14, 2007, 09:41:07 AM »
Well as I said before, black cherry bark is different from one corner of it's range to another as is sugar maple. Sugar maple is probably more confusing.
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« Reply #52 on: December 14, 2007, 09:33:24 PM »
Have you seen where my pin is SD ???

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« Reply #53 on: December 15, 2007, 06:46:01 AM »
 ;D
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Re: Purchasing black cherry
« Reply #54 on: December 20, 2007, 07:19:36 PM »
Ok, since this thread has already been wandering around.........
Tell me what you see:

 

 

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« Reply #55 on: December 20, 2007, 07:37:35 PM »
Well, I see definite wood rays and growth rings. Not magnified enough to see pores. So if i can see rays, but not pores that rules out maple and birch is ruled out because largest pores are easier to see than largest rays. Narrows it down to at least one possibility, and that is cherry. There is also a bit of staining in the wood. How'd I do? ;D
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« Reply #56 on: December 20, 2007, 07:41:33 PM »
Well, I thought it was Cherry, right up until I tried splitting the stuff. :-\
It don't split and is heavier then Cherry.
The bark looks like Cherry and the grain/color looks like Cherry.
Yes there is some staining due to laying around for three years now. ::)

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« Reply #57 on: December 20, 2007, 07:47:41 PM »
Your suppose to split firewood when it's green and frozen. Ask Marcel. ;)

All kidding aside, it's likely cherry. What else did you have in mind, maybe we can eliminate them by anatomy.  ;)
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« Reply #58 on: December 20, 2007, 07:56:07 PM »
Furby, do you see real faint rays between wider ones? I can't in the picture, but to see the piece in my hands I might. I mean 3 or more, they are hard to see. If so, then it could be rock maple (in fact it would be rock maple because those are intermediary rays), which of course is quite heavy compared to cherry. I've not seen rock maple turn red (pink) though, not even when spoiled.
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« Reply #59 on: December 20, 2007, 08:34:15 PM »
I kinda thing I might.
It sorta looks like a lot more rays in person then I can see in the posted pics.
They all look the same though.
This log was laying a pile of Black Cherry logs and looked the same, and even the color on the ends.


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