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Forum topic by FrankLad posted 10-25-2009 03:07 AM 1512 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2009 03:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood unknown species indentify indentification tree limb wooden ring ny new york

Hey, fellow LJs!

We had a customer send some wood to be used in a set of rings for himself and his wife. The wood comes from New York. The customer isn’t sure what kind of wood it is.

From what I can tell, this must have been a fallen limb. It has some spalting going on and the wood is just prior to becoming “punky”. I cut some very thin strips and it looks like I will indeed be able to bend it successfully, but I will use a stronger wood as a lining. (The wood is quite soft – reminds me of Poplar.)

Any ideas what it might be?

Picture 1
Picture 2

Thanks for the help, guys!


-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#1 posted 10-25-2009 03:17 AM

Looks like some Butternut to me. AKA, White Walnut.

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#2 posted 10-25-2009 03:18 AM

Thats a tough one.

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#3 posted 10-26-2009 04:12 AM

Thanks, guys!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#4 posted 10-26-2009 05:04 AM

I asked my Dad in NH to take a look, I may have his answer tomorrow…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 03:39 AM

Sorry. Dad said he wasn’t sure….good luck.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 03:44 AM

I’m at a loss also. Sorry.

Sometimes the juvenile wood doesn’t have some of the same visual clues as the log. The coloring of heart wood is not present.

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#7 posted 10-30-2009 04:20 AM

RobS: Thanks a bunch for that!

Karson: Thank you for looking!

My dad couldn’t figure it out either. However, it is – as mentioned – harder to tell just from the limb.

At any rate, I was able to complete the rings with no problems (the wood bent fairly easily after some soaking) and the customer liked the pictures I sent over prior to shipping.

Thanks again for all the responses, guys!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#8 posted 11-01-2009 05:23 AM

I can’t readily recognize it, the 2nd photo does look butternutish. You could send a small sample to the National Forest products laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. They will ID 3 wood samples for free per year for you. It takes a little time, but they be able to absolutely identify the wood type.

-- Phil

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