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Forum topic by hootr posted 09-06-2009 03:43 PM 1448 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2009 03:43 PM

I got this 4 or 5 years ago at an auction. It was in a pile of walnut scraps they couldn’t get a bid on.
So I get a short pickup load of wood for a buck (gloat).
It’s real soft and light weight. Really wild grain. I dampened the pieces in the photo.
I resawed it into about 3/8” thinking veneer on some special project some day.
Any idea what it is?
Hope the pics come through

-- Ron, Missouri

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#1 posted 09-06-2009 03:59 PM

It’s bugging me because I’ve seen that grain pattern before, and I can’t place it.

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#2 posted 09-06-2009 05:13 PM

Possibly Alder?

I’d pay a buck for that!

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#3 posted 09-06-2009 07:09 PM

possibly a walnut ,when you get to this link scroll down,%20misc.htm

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#4 posted 09-06-2009 07:35 PM

Sure looks like that European Walnut doesn’t it?

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#5 posted 09-06-2009 09:29 PM

It looks like it might be sassafras. Does it smell like tea when you cut it? Sassafras is very light and cuts almost like styrofoam.

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#6 posted 09-06-2009 10:35 PM

it’s not walnut, way too soft
may be sassafras it does cut real easy, my smeller don’t work
thanks for the response

-- Ron, Missouri

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#7 posted 09-06-2009 10:51 PM

Show it to a carver. They will know in a minute. Looks like white walnut—butternut stump wood. Juglans cinerea Try this

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#8 posted 09-07-2009 01:02 AM

good idea Steve
i’ve got a couple friends that carve.

-- Ron, Missouri

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#9 posted 09-07-2009 09:15 PM

The grain looks like bocote (as in this image). I’m not sure about the working characteristics (weight/hardness/etc.), though since I have never actually worked with

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#10 posted 09-07-2009 09:59 PM

Grain looks like some Ky coffee tree that I have.

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#11 posted 09-07-2009 11:31 PM

My vote would be Catalpa. A lot of cities are planting them as greenery and they are maturing to the age of harvesting/falling over. About the same weight at Cottonwood and it does tend to move around a lot. It has some nice grain and that fits what you are showing.

Best wishes.

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#12 posted 09-27-2009 05:22 AM

Tough to tell from the photos. The USDA forest products laboratory will ID 2 or 3
samples of wood for you per year at no cost.

Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
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#13 posted 09-27-2009 02:45 PM

thanks phil i’ll check that out

-- Ron, Missouri

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#14 posted 09-27-2009 02:52 PM

It looks like Tree of Heaven wood. Although this piece is dyed, here is my project using it:

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