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Posted on What is this spalted, wormy, flamey wood?

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#1 posted 07-18-2017 11:54 AM

Looks to be one of the red oaks. In your part of the country, people refer to water oak, willow oak, and laurel oak as “pin oak”. However, pin oak is a separate species that does not naturally occur in the Deep South. As is the case many times, common names for trees can be confusing and sometimes wrong.

Your log could be one of a number of red oak species like water oak, willow oak, laurel oak, blackjack oak, black oak, etc. However, the wood of the red oaks is indistinguishable as to species from a wood anatomy standpoint. Sometimes the color of the wood can give you a clue, but the structure of the wood itself is the same in all the red oaks. In the South, there are a bunch of species in the red oak group. I’ll bet you a cold adult beverage that it is one of the red oaks. The streaking of the large medullary rays should be easily seen by the naked eye.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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