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Posted on Wood identification Soft/Hard maple? something else?

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WDHLT15

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 12:08 PM

OK, so we know now that it is not osage orange. We can tell that it is also not black locust because the earlywood pores are not totally occluded with tyloses. You can see that some of the large earlywood pores are open. Therefore it is in the family Ulmaceace, which is the elms and hackberry.

Elm would be a little denser than hackberry, but hackberry does have the creamy colored heartwood. Both elm and hackberry are spiral grain (the longitudinal plane of the pores is not vertical, but slants around the tree in a spiral fashion). This makes them very hard to split, and makes them difficult to dry straight without warp or twist.

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


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