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what kind of wood ?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by perry, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Thistle

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    Dogwood. Scaly 'alligator' bark kinda looks like Persimmon,but that light pinkish-tan color says ruff ruff.Very dense,a little more than Hickory,texture much finer though,similar to Maples or Cherry.Years ago when down in the Ozarks I seen a local rural lifestyle/tourist magazine that stated Dogwood was #1 for heat value,with Hickory & Black Locust tied for 2nd place.

    Before synthetic substitutes became available,Dogwood was the preferred material for shuttles used in textile weaving,its extreme density,shock resistance & ability to become smoother with age made it the top choice.Its also great for wood turning,carving & sculpture,when its available.
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  2. midwestcoast

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    I say Sycamore. I've never seen any long dead like that you have, but fresh split it's pale pink with darker flecks like that. Basically looks like that Dogwood split that Woody Stover posted above, but the guys saying Dogwood are from further South. Not saying they're wrong, but I am saying you are much closer to the northern range limit of Dogwood in SE Michigan, so expect them to stay small, often growing as shrubs unless pruned at a nursery. Okay, I guess I AM saying they're wrong ;lol.
  3. PA. Woodsman

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    Glad to know there still some others around! Great woodhaulers, aren't they? ;)
  4. PA. Woodsman

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    Looking at it on my home computer I see there IS no bark....

    Never mind!!! :p ;em
  5. begreen

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    LOL Must be your bark is worse than your bite.
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  6. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    Crazy! So far this one is;

    1-Pine
    2-Sycamore
    1-Beech
    2-Hard Maple
    1-Elm
    5-Dogwood
    1-Freewood (is that a tree type?)
    1-Black Locust
    1-Pignut
    1-Red Oak
    1-Persimmon

    Wow! That is one hell of a split! Talk about"bark"!
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  7. Machria

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    I can not believe you did not ask what it smells like? So what does Dogwood smell like?
  8. Woody Stover

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    Interesting info! Yep, its shock resistance becomes apparent when you try to split it. !!!
    No smell that I can discern, and perry reports no smell...
  9. bigbarf48

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    Ive never gotten a smell from dogwood either. the pink color and the look of the cut end still nakes me think its dogwood. And oh boy it definitely is a pain to split haha
  10. bigbarf48

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    They sure are. Took home two loads this size of green oak the other day:cool:
    IMG_7289.jpg
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  11. Machria

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    Yikes! Must have been "fun" lifting those rounds up onto that stack in the "Denver Bronco"!
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  12. bigbarf48

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    It was definitely a workout haha. But im a young'un so not too bad;lol
  13. StihlHead

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    Most types of sycamore have bark that falls off the tree in puzzle pieces as it grows, and does not stay attached to the tree like that. I would say it is not black locust either, as that has darker heartwood and more furrowed bark. I would also say not pine or any type of conifer.

    The bark looks like the dogwoods I have growing on my property, but there are a very large number of species of dogwoods. So I would vote with the dogwood group.
  14. Woody Stover

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    You must be a big'un too! _g About the size of a Denver Bronco. ;lol
    OP didn't have pics of the bark; Those were mine, posted so he could look for it when he's out there again.
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    Right, and that is why I think it's Red Oak. The grain sure does look like red oak!
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    Yep, it's red oak, been layin' for a few years.
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    OP states that it is Red Oak on the left in the first pic, for comparison, next to the Dogwood split on the right.
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    It is definitely dogwood red oak isn't that color pink and the star-ish cracking on the end is indicative of dogwood
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    Fixed that for ya! ;lol

    Here is a split of Sycamore that was split back in early December. Tree was cut live around July so not old like the OP's. Some pieces have lots of those darker flecks & some just a few. EDIT: For the record I really can't tell much difference between this split, the OP's and the Dogwood that Woody posted. Sycamore split.jpg ,
  20. StihlHead

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    I fell for the multi-post confusion factor on this thread... one bark and one wood and another comparison...

    Meaning more beer is required!
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    Did somebody say "beer"?==c
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    Just saw that GREAT PICTURE! I never took the fiberglass top off of mine; do you use one of those snap-on covers if it rains or just put the top back on? Even with the top on I can haul quite a bit of wood!

    Looks great!
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    I was just getting over them losing to the Ravens and you had to go and stir up my emotions about my Broncos now, didn't you? :( ;lol
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    It is NOT leagal to live in PA and not bleed Black and Gold! What is the matter with you?
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    Usually I try to take it off either just for a job (ie a day or so) or if just for fun when the forecast is favorable. If the rain does come while its off I just back it into the carport and hope it passes soon haha. Works find for me cause those snap on soft tops are pricey:eek:
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