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Tree ID?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bacffin, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. mtneer

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    Is tulip tree bark really that thick? I processed a tree last year with bark identical to OP's. The leaves on it were compound.

    Anyway, throw it in the stove in a year and you'll know if it was tulip or hickory.

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  2. Bacffin

    Bacffin Minister of Fire

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    I don't see any of the faint cross grains in the splits that maple has. Does this species not have that?

    Thanks,
    Bruce
  3. ScotO

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    I don't think that's tulip, but I've been wrong before. It kinda looks like a young tulip, one way to tell is tulip and popple (poplar) has a distinct smell to it (hard to describe, it's different than other wood).

    Here's some pics of the tulip I cut and milled this summer:

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  4. Bacffin

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    Some one needs to create smell-a-vision :).
    It has a faint aroma. Not offensive at all and this is all from the same log. I have a buddy coming over who should be able to shed some more light on the issue.

    Thanks for the input!
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  5. Bacffin

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    Scotty, thanks for the info. Nice rig you got there;)
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    The growth rings look wide, and the bark looks way too thick for Hickory.
    I'll rule out both Hickory and defiantly the maple species.
    I do see a good sized Shagbark Trunk, some oak and maybe some ash in your pile..... Good stuff.

    I just lugged out big Poplar rounds out of woods yesterday and they were heavy and the suckers felt dense.
    My 5100s was rooster tailing big fluffy "hamster" shavings....
    Once the rounds are split and dry they'll feel like pine......
    I've never run Tulip through my splitter...... so you bark pics sparks my curiosity.

    Buck up some of the Shagbark in your pile and split it, look at the growth rings. Natures Concrete.

    Woodbutcher
  7. Bacffin

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    Already bucked some...here http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/log-3-id-i-think-i-got-this-one.91416/
  8. PA. Woodsman

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    Please make sure to let us know what he says about it-this is very interesting....:)
  9. Bacffin

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    Ok, he couldn't make it over today. He has been in the field one way or another all his life.
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    I'm looking at this on my work computer-the other times were at the home one, and I see a color variation from picture #3 which looks very yellow grained as opposed to pictures 4 and 5 in which the grain looks very white. Is that just lighting causing that shading do you think? Picture # 3 DOES look like Poplar but 4 and 5 still look too "white" to me.
  11. Bacffin

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    The sun was in and out that day and might be playing tricks with pictures. I can take more.
  12. PA. Woodsman

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    Hey Bruce,

    Did your buddy ever come over and give his one a posiitive ID??

    Just curious....
  13. Bacffin

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    No not yet Woodsman. I'll have to change what I have in the beer fridge I guess. That'll work;)
  14. husky345 vermont resolute

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    hickory for sure
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    That's what I've been saying since the start. There's no way in my mind that I can look at the pictures of those half-splits in post #26 and see anything BUT Hickory...the OP is supposed to be getting someone to come and ID them that knows wood but we'll have to see if that ever happens.

    I guess we'll have to ask him to pick the splits up a few months from now-if they are light as a feather it's Tulip Poplar if they're heavy like a rock they're Hickory....
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    I'm getting in this late and stirring up the pot but I can't help it.
    That looks exactly like many bitternut hickory I have cut in the past.
    Stringy, heavy splits, bark looks right.
    Just sayin.
    http://www.cirrusimage.com/trees_Juglandaceae.htm
  19. Bacffin

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    IT"S HICKORY :)

    I split up the other 6 logs of shagbark hickory from the grapple load to get familiar with the color, smell and workablity then went to this log.
    It has the same color and smell as the shagbark. I knew right away. The only thing different, it was the toughest of the bunch to split. Real narly and stringy.
    Gave me a whoopin'.

    Thanks again everyone for you help. This one was fun to follow through.

    ~Bruce
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  20. PA. Woodsman

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    Okay, go back and read what post # 2 says and send me my prize-what did I win lol!!! ;lol

    I just knew there was no bleepin' way that was Poplar....
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    I was gonna say hickory from the git go but wanted you guys to have some fun figurin' it all out :)

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