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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by southpaw, Feb 13, 2009.

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  1. southpaw

    southpaw New Member

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    Hello all,ran across this forum while googling . Been snooping around for a couple of days and have already picked up a few helpful hints etc. Seems to be a bunch of good info here!Trying to identify some wood that my step-son gave me,that why I was googling. All the sites I went to kept asking what type of leave the tree had that I was trying to identify. Aint got no leaves! Just these rounds of wood! Hoping maybe y'all can help me!

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  2. Wet1

    Wet1 Minister of Fire

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    Cherry?
  3. southpaw

    southpaw New Member

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    That's what I was thinking,took a piece of to my brother-in-law,who knows more than I about wood but he says no,it ain't cherry. Seems softer than Cherry to me,although my experience with Cherry has been in board form.
  4. southpaw

    southpaw New Member

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    This is a piece that was split

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  5. Eric Johnson

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    I'd say poplar. The bark looks something like red (soft) maple, but that big, dark heartwood can be found in poplar. I agree that it's not cherry.
  6. BroadCove

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    Bark looks like maple.
  7. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    The wood is too red to be Maple.Perhaps an ornamental tree of some sort.
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    Looks like soft maple to me.
  9. Backwoods Savage

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    Definitely the bark looks like soft maple but the wood does not. It's got me stumped (no pun intended).
  10. southpaw

    southpaw New Member

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    You may be right webby> When I showed this to my brother-in-law he said the bark looked like Mimosa(Silk tree) I did some more googling this morning and from what I've found I think it may be Mimosa. If so it was the biggest Mimosa I've seen. It was in a wooded area but they are considered an invasive species. Found this pic of the bark which was described as having vertical stripes in it as it gets older, which the wood I have has. Also the color when split is a golden brown ,not a red as my photos show.

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    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    I agree, if it was'nt for the dark heartwood....I'd guess Red Maple......but there is no "star" shaped pattern on the heartwood which gives it away most times.
    I'm only good at guessing BTU's I've handled or stuff standing in my woods.

    WB
  12. Bigg_Redd

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    Definitely not western red cedar.

    I hope this helps.
  13. mccormickw9

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    IT IS HONEY LOCUST. Positive. It is a younger tree but it is honey locust.
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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    I agree ( Don't know why I didn't think of that )
  15. southpaw

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    I googled Honey Lucust. Pictures I found show Honey Locust with thorns on the trunk. I have seen them at the farm we used to have not far from where we live now. There is a thornless variety. Didn't find any pics of them.
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    OK,did some more googling and came up with this photo of a thornless Honey locust. Bark is not like that on the wood I have,it's kinda scaly where as this wood is on the smooth side

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    looks like a lot bigger tree in your last pic than the wood in your first pic...more mature? would the tree not develop a scaly bark the older and bigger it gets? just guessing. i thought it was maple as well , looking at the bark. i cant add to the locust as i have never seen it,and if i did, i didnt know it.

    mike
  18. southpaw

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    Don't know how old my mystery tree might have been. It was about 14" diameter at ground level.What ever it is I don't think I'm going to burn it. Got to much Oak and Hickory to mess with this. Think I'll save it for some kinda project!
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    The honey locust I have seen is a very uniform yellow/golden color so I sure wouldn't think that this is that.
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    possibly some type of hickory?? smaller trees will have a smooth bark with with vert. stripes which are more apparent when its wet, and a darker heart wood but most hickories I'm familiar with would have a smaller heartwood.
    just a guess!
    ct arborist.
  21. southpaw

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    Don't think it's Hickory.It's to soft. I whittled on a piece of this with an Exacto knife,was like cutting pine or such. The "stripes in this wood is more like grooves,1" or so wide and about 1/4" deep.
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    Nothing like a younger tree to mess up the ID. I just racked a half cord of something that looks real close to your pictures. I have no idea what it is, but it has some decent weight to it, so I am considering it a semi hardwood and will season it a year and burn it next winter.
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    I have to admit, it looks a lot like the mountain ash that I just cut down in my yard.
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    The mountain ash in my yard is still standing but the bark does look similar.
  25. southpaw

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    I think that in a month or so I will have to go to my step sons and see if there are any more trees like this one. Maybe with some leaves etc. I can find out more info. I seem to remember seeing some trees with flowers and berries like the Mountain Ash in this area-could be!
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