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Posted on Need help in IDing this wood

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 09:23 PM

Two suggested courses of action: 1. With 500bf there must be a number of slabs. Separate them into piles—you select the characteristics. I suggest Bark color and texture, inner bark color, figure in the wood, quarter sawn—ray flec pattern and color contrast of parallel grain, end grain texture if still has saw or processor marks, borer/beetle damage.

Wipe planed or sanded surface with thinned shellac (add 10-20% denatured alcohol). You will be amazed how much more color and figure you will see.

Thirty year old hardwoods of any type may be hard to get right at first. I purchased a semi load—13 cords. Saw every log that went onto the load—somehow a few logs turned to white ash, white birch, silver maple (soft maple but not Acer rubrum), and aspen on the ride north. The load was supposed have black cherry, butternut, basswood, american hop hornbeam, yellow birch, and ironwood (later id’d as American Hop Hornbeam). May need to skip plane (15/16”) to see enough figure. Be careful with maple color—hard maple shows darker heart, soft maple usually has some figure (Wisc and Mich). Cherry from glaciated part of Wisc has limited figure and not exceptional color.

2. Take a sample of each log you question and sent to the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisc. They keep many foresters with overly developed brains for such questions.

3. Or…....take a flyer and make something.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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