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Wood id please

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by hma, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    I'm on the maple wagon. After getting on the computer and zooming in on the pics, that bark is characteristic maple. I've cut several maples down over the years and I've seen lots and lots of red in some of it. Both red and Silver maple.
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  2. Pallet Pete

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    I think I am leaning tword maple afer seeing it split as well. We have a lot of maple around us and there is a lot of red in the grain.

    Pete
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  3. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Red Maple smells really good, too... :cool:
  4. hma

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    Smelled it and not so sure. Nothing obvious.... Leaning towards red maple too
  5. andybaker

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    First thing I thought of was a Silver Maple. Let it dry and if it weighs almost nothing I would say Silver, or some other type of soft maple.
  6. Shane N

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    I always go into wood ID threads looking to see what you say. By the end, it seems like everyone is guessing what you guessed in the beginning :)
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  7. Nudge

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    I don't know my maples too well, but the one thing I can add is I do NOT think it' cherry, as was said by some early in the thread. The bark isn't right (should have deeper divits), plus cherry has a distinctive "grey-ish" band of wood, often an inch and a half thick (if the tree is thick enough) between the bark and the rest of the meat. Frankly, that log would be on the VERY large diameter for any cherry I've ever seen...and exceptionally straight. That's why cherry furniture is sought after...because it's rare to find large + straight cuts large enough to get a workable furniture-size piece.

    Also, as has been stated, freshly split cherry has an unmistakable smell.

    Lastly, if yer still unsure by the time you get to burning it, cherry will give off beautiful purple flames in a super hot stove with the air dampened down.
  8. CHeath

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    It aint cherry. Bark would be darker I would think. That bark has a greenish tint.
  9. nrford

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    Not quite true. have seen and sawn many cherry 36"+ dBh. Length is an issue in some places, but PA. is known in hardwood biz as the best Cherry around and they produce alot of 14-16' sawlogs and lumber.
  10. nrford

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    I'll take that as a compliment. Thanks.
    PS that's because my comments are not "guesses" ;) (unless so stated)
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