I kept this out of the wood shed as it is does not relate to woodburning too much. I picked up some barn boards for some wood projects and I am having a hard time identifying them. Before Mystery piece is on the left ripped down and after going through the planer. Red oak sample freshly planed on the right. Red oak on the left, mystery piece in the middle and walnut chunk on the right. All are flat sawn. Oak and walnut have small open pockets in the grain, the middle mystery wood had closed grain. It is a slight darker red than the red oak. When I cut and planed it, the smell did not stand out as something I recognize. Definitely not a pine, oak, cherry or walnut odor. It is most likely a New England hardwood. I have ruled out the pine and fir family, cherry, walnut, maple and red oak. Definitely not locust, poplar, basswood. It is similar in weight and density to red oak, but it is not. It is not soft by any means. There is a section with a knot, but it is not pitchy at all. I am thinking another type of oak(white, pin?), chestnut or elm(not stringy whatsoever). It works very nicely with tools. Does anyone know what barns or outbuildings were vertical sided with in the late 1800's to early 1900's era? Any help is appreciated that can lead me in the right direction.