Another name that wood!!

Postalizer Posted By Postalizer, Nov 4, 2008 at 8:15 PM

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  1. Postalizer

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    Picked this wood up today as the road crews must have been cutting.
    Wood is on the lite side for its size, but is very wet.
    Any guesses as to what it is??
     

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  2. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones
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    Locust- probably black.
     
  3. Postalizer

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    Here are the pics a little bigger.
     

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  4. Mmaul

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    The deep bark, large growth rings and bud leads me to believe it is a white ash. Or some other ash variety.
     
  5. JustWood

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    Cotton pickin' COTTONWOOD! :cheese:
     
  6. the_dude

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    I'm with Lee. As wet as it is, it dries fairly quickly and I have been using it for the shoulder season along with some basswood with good success.
     
  7. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones
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    huh. We don't have cottonwood here that I know of.
     
  8. bruce56bb

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    another vote for cottonwood here.
     
  9. bsruther

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    I call Locust. Honey or black I'm not sure of.
     
  10. dznam

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    I believe that this is Tulip Poplar (sometimes referred to as yellow poplar) - wet, light and with greenish hue at the center with light sapwood. When dry it's very light splits very easily and burns well, but fast - split quickly or it's prone to rotting. We had several in the backyard in CT and they grow to be huge... I believe they are the tallest classified hardwoods in the U.S.
     
  11. SnaykeByte

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    Cottonwood vote here too.
     
  12. xrayman

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    100% cotton wood have 4 of the messy things @ my place
     
  13. struggle

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    I am voting cotton wood as well since I have cut them here in Iowa and that bark looks exactly like it, but the color of the wood is different it seems to me but most of the ones we have cut have been standing dead ones so maybe live have a darker color to them.

    If it is in fact cotton wood be ready for a spark show when you open the door to add more wood. It really snaps and spits little embers out. Burns fast and hot.
     
  14. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones
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    If it's really dense- then it's locust (often has thorns on branches). If it's light, then cottonwood.
     
  15. Todd

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    Either Cottonwood or Basswood, definitely not Locust.
     
  16. smokinj

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    cottenwood! (lots of ash from that stuff)
     
  17. branchburner

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    I'm noticing all the cottonwood calls are coming from the midwest. I've lived in NH, MA, NY and CT - wouldn't know a cottonwood if it bit me.
    Going with locust. Haven't cut it since I was a kid in upstate NY, but sure looks like it. Like Adios said: if it's hard w/ thorns, locust - soft, well, not locust - maybe it is some sort of poplar?

    Just noticed you said it was light, so maybe not locust.
     
  18. prtp3warrior

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    Black Locust. A good wood for lots of things including bows.
     
  19. PA. Woodsman

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    It's Poplar or some other "soft" hardwood; Black Locust is yellow all the way through and the grain is a lot stringier, not "striped" like this wood.
     
  20. branchburner

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    I think we gotta go with dznam, since he's also from CT. Yellow poplar covers the state on the tree map (none north of CT, though) and cottonwood is pretty scarce in New England. If it's light and wet it's not locust.
    Found out something funny: cottonwood is in the poplar family, but yellow poplar/tulip poplar is not a poplar at all, it's a magnolia.
     
  21. JustWood

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    Postalizer,

    I'll eat your mailbox if it ain't cottonwood!
     
  22. Rich_CT

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    I've got several cottonwood and black locust on my property. That ain't no locust. Looks like cottonwood to me.

    Rich
     
  23. bsruther

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    I found this pick of cottonwood on Google images
    I must agree, it looks similar.
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  24. dznam

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    I haven't cut any cottonwood here that has the giveaway characteristic green tint of Tulip. Also, the characteristics of the twigs in the photo on left match those in the attached photos. I have some in the woodpile right now, but the green tint fades to white as it dries and mines been cut/split for a couple of years. It'd be a lot conclusive if Postalizer snapped a shot of a leaf and posted it, if available.

    http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=54

    Woodford, isn't tulip the state tree of KY?
     
  25. webby3650

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    Is the wood fragrant ? Notice the red just under the surface of the bark. That is a characteristic that none of the trees mentioned have. It looks like it could be sassafras to me.
     
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