Another wood ID

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Reckless, Apr 22, 2013.

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    Sorry for spaming but Im a noob. These were some scary leaners that I had to take down. Notched the first smaller tree half way then notched and cut the second and stood back (it was a tense 3 minutes and for a couple seconds I thought I was gonna be SOL with 2 widow makers on my property) luckly they did exactly the right thing and fell in the right direction exactly as planned ;)
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    Very hard to tell with the lighting and the shadow. Looks like Box Elder to me, but maybe not.
     
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    Too much sunlight? :D
     
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    Actually in one of the picture yes, the colors of the heart wood are washed out. The picture of the bark definitely has shadows on it.
     
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    Noted. Like I said Im a nub ;)
     
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    Yep, Maple, with the beginning of spalting.
     
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    basod and smokinj like this.
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    Whats spalting?
     
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    Discoloration of wood caused by fungus/moisture. Coveted stuff for bowl turners and other woodworkers.
     
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    Ohhh well too late, only thing getting it now is my fire place <>
     
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    Spalting is the black lines that seperate the fungus eaten wood from the healthy wood. I just cut up some Red maples that had the dark taupe colored heartwood. Looks very much like Red maple but could be silver maple too. Good firewood.
     
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    Maple ,
    not hard maple but good fire wood ;)
     
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    Really? It splits hard, how can you tell if its soft or hard maple? I thought the flat bark trees were soft.....
     
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    The wood grain in the split looked wrong for hard maple, but i could be wrong.
    Pictures are tough for wood ID :)
     
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    I do believe it to be soft maple. Probably silver maple.
     
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    Soft maple. And that is mineral stain from the ambrosia beetle not "spalting"
     
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    That splotch in the center says Box elder, which is maple.... well sort of..... Shoulder season wood and burns like paper when dry. Splish splash a little water on the center of a round and see if the splotch turns a bit red, if so, for sure box elder.
     
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    That bark doesn't even come close to Box Elder Ralph.
     
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    I was going to say spalting as well - thanks for learnin' me something today
     
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    Yeah, I'm goin' with Red also. I got some Silver yesterday; Seems there was a more distinct border between the sapwood and the heart, and the scaly bark was more pronounced and bigger scales...
     
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    What is the defining characteristic that differentiates mineral stain from spalting?
     
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    If by mineral stain, you are talking about a foreign object (metal) getting in the wood and causing a stain, those usually have more of a blue or black "spot" look to them that is more isolated (although it goes a good distance up and down the tree) in my experience. I'm not saying it isn't one, just never seen on that big before.
     
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    No - this was in ref. to the ambrosia beetle. How to tell spalting from the beetle mineral stain? I am oh too familiar with the stains from metal.!!!
     
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    Would I notice holes and such if it were from beatles? This was a decently solid younger tree and had a little punk towards the lower half (and I mean a very little). Although the pics i posted where greyish/brown further up the tree had a redish pink hue (just finished splitting the smaller rounds).
     
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    Dunno- reaching out to nrford on this one myself. (a former saw mill owner and lumber inspector).
     
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