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Haven't needed one in a while, need help with an ID!(with pics)

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by rdust, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    I have no idea what this is, no leaves or twigs to help with the ID. I picked it up from the tree service I deal with a while back. I know it's not a "good" hardwood since it's not real dense. It also splits real easy. It was a yard tree that was pretty large(18-20 inch diameter). My first thought is basswood but who knows!

    Any ideas?

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  2. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Red elm?
  3. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    Maybe catalpa?
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  4. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    Poplar?
  5. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    My guess Catalpa.Its pretty soft & light weight (about the same as Butternut,Basswood or White Pine). Grain & color of Siberian Elm looks similar but its heavier & more stringy when splitting.Color of Butternut is similar also.

    Catalpa is a good carving wood I've been told,quite decay resistant when used outdoors too.Massive one across the street from me,it was State record sometime in the '70's or before.Smells nice with those huge white flowers in June.
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  7. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Whatever it is, it's purty.

    I have a bunch of Siberian elm to split. Heavy and wet as heck. It splits decent, but not that nice. Have some red elm, too. Similar color and bark, but a bit stringy.
  8. Thistle

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    It dries fast too I think you'll find.Almost as quick as Silver Maple.Grabbed a p/u load of half dead off CL in June 2010,by mid November it was down to 16%.Bit more ashes than I'm used to,but its decent for Spring/Fall burning & milder mid winter days.
  9. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Hope so. I have most of three cords. It was a big tree. Not huge at the base, but split off into two 30" trunks.
  10. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    That right there is Catalpa. It's got a kinda sweet smell to it. She's lightweight when dry. They grow to be big trees, with big, BIG leaves.

    If that ain't Catalpa I'll eat my fiskars :)
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    I'm saying catalpa as well. If however you do eat your Fiskars, try chasing it with some smaller rounds & see if you can make toothpicks at the other end. Might get on TV that way. A C
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  12. rdust

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    Hmmm you would think Catalpa would've come into my thought process since I have one in the back yard about 30' off my deck! ;lol I looked on the ground around it and seen nothing but oak and maple leaves which I know it's not. I wouldn't have missed big ole Catalpa leaves! Maybe the home owners already had them cleaned up.

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