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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Wayne Boardman, May 2, 2013.

  1. Wayne Boardman

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  2. PA. Woodsman

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    Cherry
  3. gzecc

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    Bark does look like cherry, how ever the wood (inside of split) is too bright and washed out to really be identified on my monitor.
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    I'll post better pics of the split in the morning.
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    I dunno about that. Zoom in on that first pic, and it looks like there are big rays in the end grain of the round. That says oak, but I don't know what sort of oak would have bark like that.
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    I think it is oak. In Virginia there are probably a few oaks that I don't see here in central PA, but I think Black Oak or Pin Oak are likely guesses.
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    I'm thinking its oak too. The wood looks a lot like it, especially the way the sap wood has started to go but the heart wood is still solid. The bark I'm not so sure about but It doesnt look like cherry to me at all.
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    I think Oak too
    but pictures are sometimes deceiving
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    Looks like the camera was keying on the darker areas in the frame and the lighter-colored wood is overexposed...
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    bark looks a bit like oak, a little thin
    split looks soft and punky
  11. oldspark

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    If you look at the picture on the right where the sun is not hitting the wood it looks like cherry and the bark sure does also, the round in the back ground has that color of Cherry.
  12. Jon1270

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    I'd agree, except that when you zoom in on the bark, it doesn't have the little horizontal lines in it that I expect in cherry.
  13. oldspark

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    It looks like the cherry we have here I believe, so not familar with the type of bark you are talking about.
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    Woody Stover is right the pics are overexposed. Jon is talking about lenticels. They are actually pores in the bark that allows gas exchange. Cherry has prominent lenticels.
    The rotting sapwood and the solid heartwood says very much oak to me. They dont innoculate mushroom spores into Oak logs for nothing. Its the perfect proportion of sapwood to heartwood for Oak as well.
    Cherry doesnt rot like that.
    Im putting $30.00 on Oak.
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    GoogleGoogleGoogle.... uh, yeah, that is what I was talking about.
  16. oldspark

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    Red Oak maybe?
  17. PA. Woodsman

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    Easiest way to find out is to have Wayne split open a round and smell it; if it is sweet fragrant aroma us in the Cherry camp are right. If it smells like wine or vinegar those in the Oak camp are correct!

    How about it, Wayne? :)
  18. Wayne Boardman

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    Headed out to do just that.
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    It wasn't NEARLY as strong as the green white oak I split this summer but it did have that "vinegar" like smell........definitely not the sweet fragrant aroma described above. I've attached what I "hope" are better pics of the spilt in question as well as the pile I pulled from.

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    One more pic

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  21. Jon1270

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    Absitively red oak.
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    Yea, the last picture did the trick
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    Yes you guys in the Oak camp are right. Thanks for posting and "sniffing" the wood, Wayne; so many times we try to help ID wood pictures and the original poster doesn't help us out like that and leaves us all hanging-plus this way you got the proper ID!
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    Young dead southern red oak.

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