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Blog entry by Karson posted 01-28-2010 01:21 AM 1331 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Mason Dixon Woodworkers bought some popular lumber from a local sawmill operator. We picked up the wood and it was stored in our material storage building.

As we started to use it I noticed that a lot of the boards had spalting but even stranger it had some mineral streaks that were pink. I’ve never seen pink before.

We were cutting some of the planks today and this is a cut-off piece that I plan to use to make a few pen blanks.

On one side of the board it seems that the pink is where a crack is present. I don’t think the pink is a result of the crack because there is also pieces with pink color that there is no cracks present.

It’s a very unique color.

Some kids are going to get some unique toys.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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Padre

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 01:24 AM

That is beautiful for poplar!

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 01:24 AM

This looks a bit like Boxelder with the red stain. Hmmm.

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teenagewoodworker

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 01:28 AM

hmmm that is cool. I’ve seen a little bit of pink before mixed in with a deep purple but never like that. poplar’s really interesting you can find almost every color of the rainbow in it at one time or another.

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 01:38 AM

I have some flame elder that has hot pink streaks…

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 01:42 AM

I’m with Douglas, it looks a lot like box elder, not Poplar.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 02:10 AM

Karson, I have to go along with Douglas, even the grain doesn’t look much like Poplar to me. Most all Poplar is lighter colored with possible green colorations.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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Karson

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 02:32 AM

I’ce never seen any box elder up close These boards have just a smattering of pink, Is box elder infused with color.

The sawmill owner4 sold it as popular. I didn’t really check for the cream/green wood. We still have some scraps I’ll check it out.

Thanks for the additional information.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 02:55 AM

Another question. Some of the boards from this log were over 16” wide. What is the size of boxelder?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Chris Wright

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 03:14 AM

That’s some neat looking wood. Can’t wait to see the results.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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hObOmOnk

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#10 posted 01-28-2010 04:09 AM

I too am betting that it is boxelder.
Boxelder is a type of maple; aka Ash Leaf maple.
I’ve cut boxelder trees that are more than 24” in diameter.

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#11 posted 01-28-2010 04:52 AM

I rece’d a piece of box elder in the pen trade last year with very similar color…I will try to get out to the shop and look in next couple days…

either way…cool looking wood…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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trimmer

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#12 posted 01-28-2010 06:13 AM

For what it’s worth HAHAHAHEHEHE
My vote is poplar

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#13 posted 01-28-2010 06:17 AM

Weird and wild

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 01-28-2010 06:42 AM

Box Elder is heavier, & much harder than Poplar.

This wood ID site shows some Poplar with a pink stain.

There must be another name for Box Elder, because this site doesn’t show it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 01-28-2010 06:32 PM

looks like red rot to me – I have never seen poplar with red in it – only green – my guess is the tree had a disease. BUT, that is one fine looking board – use it wisely…

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