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Blog entry by lew posted 11-16-2013 07:11 PM 954 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Went to the land fill the other day to get some wood for a turning project. I found a nice piece about 4’ long and around 5” in diameter. I thought it was maple, at first, but after turning some spoons and allowing them to dry for a week, I think the wood is something else. The dried turnings are quite light and sand easily. The dried spoons are whitish with some yellow/orange streaks. There were no leaves on/around the pile of wood this came from. Hopefully someone here might be able to help me identify the species.

There were almost symmetrical bug/worm holes around the log but these holes only penetrated the bark. Not into the sapwood or heart wood. The tree was growing in south central Pennsylvania.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.



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#1 posted 11-16-2013 07:44 PM

Total guesses…doug fir or pine…

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#2 posted 11-16-2013 07:56 PM

I’m reading on my phone, so if I’m way off I’m blaming it on tiny pictures, but it could be black birch.

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 08:45 PM

Fir

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 09:57 PM

I have no idea what it is but it is some kind of soft/pulp wood….at least that’s my 43 cents worth.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 11-16-2013 11:02 PM

Thanks for all of the suggestions. I should have mentioned, it has no distinctive order so I guess I can rule out any fir type species.

I hadn’t thought of black birch. We have a lot of paper birch around here. Thinking back, it does seem to work similar.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 11-16-2013 11:56 PM

Some sort of fruit tree??? I don’t know

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lew

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#7 posted 11-17-2013 01:00 AM

Hadn’t thought of that, Roger, thanks.
We have oodles of ornamental fruit trees- as well as regular fruit trees- in this area. Very well may be one of those.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 11-18-2013 10:51 PM

Cant guess.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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lew

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#9 posted 11-19-2013 12:17 AM

After the spoons had dried for a week, I noticed how light and easily they sanded.

I’m beginning to think I may have stumbled onto a Basswood tree limb.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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