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Easy score - softwood id please.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Auzzie Gumtree, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    On my way home last night there was a decent pile (a few cord) of cut rounds. It was approx. 300 yards from my house on the edge of the forest so free pickings. Not sure what it is any ideas? its free and easy so got 1 1/2 cords last night.

    There were a couple of other guys getting the wood too and i was talking to an older gent about 70 ish and i asked if he would like a hand with some of the larger rounds but he said he was OK. on my 3rd trip it was him who was asking me if i needed a hand. I sure hope i can load that much wood at that weight when i am 70. ==c

    When i got home there was a Galah parrot feeding on the deck. Dont get them too often, funny looking bird.

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  2. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Is that greenery in the fourth pic from the tree, because some of that end grain sure looks like some kind of conifer.

    Yeah, if I'm going to be in that good of shape at 70, I'd better start stretching and exercising a bit; Seems like it's a lot easier now to strain a muscle, tendon etc....
  3. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    No idea on the wood- do you think it's a native? Almost looks like a maple. Cool parrot, though!
  4. Cascade Failure

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    It almost looks like it was rolled over some sort of fern.
  5. Beetle-Kill

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    Is it just me, or does the sight of a parrot make me think more of coconuts and grass skirts, - not firewood.
    Couldn't tell you about the wood, but the growth rings are wide and it's not Lodgepole pine. That's about it.
    Dry it, burn it, and report back.
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    The flaky bark reminds me of the Sitka spruce around here - it's not the same, but maybe you have something similar?
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    Could you get a clear close-up of that sprig of green in the third photo? I can't quite tell if it's needles or small suckers with young leaves.
  8. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    Will take some more snaps tomorrow as I will split a bit. It has a very pinky heart wood. I've not seen it before. The sprig of green looked like it was attached i'll try and find it in the stash.
  9. UncleJoe

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    That's what I thought I was seeing. The semi peeling bark on some of those larger rounds make me think of an old cherry tree. A pink heart would add a bit of credence to that idea.
  10. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    Not sure if this helps or makes it worse but here are a few more photo's. I have not seen one like it around here. Looking at the ring spacing i assume it is a quick growing soft wood. But that's about as much as I know.....

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  11. Beetle-Kill

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    Out of curiosity, check -www.allcreativedesigns.com.au-
    There was a section on Aussie tree species, way more information than I wanted to wade through. Good luck.
    edit- Pink or Red Bloodwood?
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  12. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    I think you have it it looks very much like the red bloodwood. We'll done beetle-kill. It actually looks like a fast growing hardwood ==c

    '...........Taking its common name from the appearance of its heartwood, Red Bloodwood ranges from a dark pink to dark red colour, with much paler sapwood. It has a course texture, with the grain of Red Bloodwood usually interlocked.

    Due to the presence of concentric gum veins, Red Bloodwood is not ideally suited for use as sawn timber as gum veins - or the red-coloured kino veins - can open up during drying. This species is mainly used for round timber applications such as poles, piles and posts, however due to its attractive grain pattern, Red Bloodwood is also used for veneers and decorative paneling.
  13. Woody Stover

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    That could be tough to split if it has interlocking grain.... <>
  14. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    i have started to split it and the grain is definitely is interlocked - but not like others i have tried to split. its more like a corkscrew effect and as such its quite easy to split but the splits are very 'ugly' ie not straight. I think its gong to be worth it though as it has a GSM of over 800 compares favourably to oak.


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