Wood ID?


Its relatively light wood, and has a strong but nice/sweet smell mostly from the bark and the inside as well. Found in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The bark is a dark grey, but when I peel it off the core, its kinda stringy and also a light/dark brown/purple color on the inside. On some of the wood, the bark has fissures and cracks, but is mostly thin and rough, not smooth.
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I dont think this wood is pine, cedar, ash, or oak, but I could very well be wrong. Anyone know what it might be?


Mar 5, 2019
It looks like Aspen to me as well. Maybe Quaking or Big Tooth Aspen as Cincyburner says. I believe Aspens line the highways around Wilkesbarre and Scranton on the abandoned coal mine lands could be from a similar area?


Minister of Fire
Mar 10, 2015
SW Ohio
? :confused:
American beech won't have stringy bark (even if frozen). Beech bark is thin, smooth, light and flakes off when dead.
Wood of beech is much denser.
Both will burn - beech much better.
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Feeling the Heat
Apr 5, 2013
Big tooth aspen or honey locust are also my guesses.

Looks nothing like American beech to me, which I've split and burned a lot.
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PA. Woodsman

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2007
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
So I did some researching and digging around the site of that tree, turns out its an American Beech. Also, the bark is stringy from being frozen and wet. Thanks for the help everyone.
If that's Beech then I'm Sidney Crosby.......Beech bark looks like Elephant skin, what you have there is a softer hardwood for sure.


Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2011
NW lower Mi.
Aspen 100%
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mark cline

Minister of Fire
Dec 20, 2012
Cattaraugus, NY
Beech is heavy , same for locust , looks like poplar .What does it smell like , poplar smells like piss