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#1 posted 10-23-2010 09:29 PM

Oh I love these challenges…. Butternut is my vote. Definitely NOT locust.. which weights a ton and very very dense… so much so it is remarkable.. and besides is more cold silver in color than warm. Butternut (juglans cinerea.. sometimes called White Walnut) is one of the few juglans that can be spalted… mostly by the fungus Sirococcus clavigignenti-juglandacearum… which causes black cankers in and under the bark of Butternut trees and after the tree begins to die, runs into wood itself.

Just a few months ago, my father and I cut up three butternut trunks, been drying since 2006. The wood is much more buttery in color than hickory, but oxidizes to a warm silver. It has closer and tighter grain than Ash, with a more spread open grain for the early wood cells.

Follow up questions… were the leaves compound and opposite like a walnuts? And where was the tree growing.. near water or on dry soil? But so far, in my ignorance I say Butternut.

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