I got another score, some really beautiful stuff with a lot of spalting in some pieces. The only problem is that it was brought to me without any leave samples, so I am uncertain of the species. Perhaps my pals here at LumberJocks have some clues. I got two pieces. One looks like it is near the bottom of the trunk, and the other is a crotch piece. I can also add that this tree is (was) in Northern California, in an suburban area, so it is not limited to native species. A view that ...
Ok, so I found this plane at an estate sale a few months ago. I decided to finally give it a make over when I started trying to ID the type. Using the flow charts I find online I would assume it is a type 4. However, there are some strange things that don’t match like the frog screws being round head screws, and the frog seat on the sole is kind of strange. Also, the lever cap has an interesting design on near the bottom. The only marks on the sole that I can make out is No 7 in front o...
I just tumbled into a fantastic vat of info hosted by the Special Collections Research Center of the NCSU Libraries. ”Radial, tangential, and cross-sections of 350 North American woods from the 14-volume rare book The American Woods, published between 1888 and 1910 by the author, Romeyn Beck Hough. The images can be accessed by volume number or by the scientific or common name of each tree.” http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/specialcollections/forestry/hough/index.html The 600DPI i...
These shots are from late February. I have several more since then backing up in my collection, so it’s time to roll out another mystery tree. I saw this one while paying a ticket at a Santa Monica, CA courthouse (missing front plate – whoops!). I love the swanky designs on its limbs. The leaves remind me a lot of Ficus benjamina (Benjamin fig/Weeping fig), but the trunk and limbs do not. Maybe a cultivar, or some other kind of ficus? Here are several photos, from this Flickr s...
Our very own socalwood immediately picked off my first mystery tree. It would seem indeed to be a Bauhinia variegata, known commonly as the orchid tree. I took a look through the world of the Bauhinia, and for a time almost thought it was Bauhinia purpurea, The Free Dictionary’s other possibility (entry 1). Apparently I’m not alone in this confusion, but shots of B. purpurea, like the one in the Wikipedia article seem quite different. Another name that occasionally popped up was B...
Status: SOLVED We arrive finally at the trees I don’t know, though there may be a few more I do in later posts in this series. This one seems an ornamental, and it lines some streets in my area. It has very long alternate compound leaves (2’ or more), and the leaflets split in two at their tip, looking like 2 leaves welded into one. This past week or two a few have begun to bloom in large pink flowers. My pics are from several specimens lining a local street. ...
I believe this will be the last of the trees I post in this ongoing series that I’ve already identified. I think it’ll be more fun for me and anyone else following along to go on the hunt for a tree’s name and species along with me than for me to simply post an encyclopedic entry of each tree. I didn’t take proper pics of the 2 or 3 others I’ve identified either, so they’re not worth posting yet anyway. I do intend to follow up identifications with more abo...
I thought I’d get the ball rolling on this Tree ID series with the one I’ve already mentioned in my call-for-interest post. I’ve identified this one, and a very small set of others, and will post those first, as I do not have photos yet of the trees in my area of any that I haven’t managed to track down. The internet has several names for this one, including the coast coral Tree, the coastal coral, the kaffir tree, and the kaffirboom, or kafferboom tree. These last ...
Hi folks! I’m new here, as of tonight, but it already occurs to me that this might be the place for an idea I’ve been toying with. I’ve done minor carpentry-like woodworking since high school (31 now), but in the last 2 years, I’ve finally been able to rent a house with a detached 1-car garage in LA. Thus began my meteoric rise to choking myself out of said garage with tools and lumber acquisitions :) Late last year, it occurred to me to wonder what the trees the wo...
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