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Forum topic by ormonddab posted 08-19-2015 09:08 PM 578 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ormonddab

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08-19-2015 09:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question lathe type identify log

I was able to salvage some wood from a neighbor when they took down a dead tree, but they didn’t know anything about the tree.
The bulk of the wood was rotten and termites were found in portions of the trunk, but the larger limbs had some salvageable wood. I coated it with Anchorseal and a year later turned my first bowl from it.
It has a beautiful grain pattern with orange to green colors in the heartwood and the sapwood had shades of grey/black.
I’d really appreciate some help on identifying the wood.
Thanks,
Bud Brown


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#1 posted 08-19-2015 10:57 PM

What part of the world did the tree come from? That will help narrow it down a bit. I’m tending toward spalted sycamore. Does sycamore grow in your area?

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#2 posted 08-20-2015 12:01 AM

I believe it to be an ornamental elm, probably of asian origin. The wavy band pattern in the latewood is distinctive for an elm or a hackberry or a sugarberry. Something the elm family.

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#3 posted 08-20-2015 12:27 AM

That “feathery” grain is typical of elm or hackberry, but I have never seen hackberry with that much color so I’m voting for elm.

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#4 posted 08-20-2015 12:42 AM

I live in north east Florida, near the coast. The tree was in the neighbor’s yard across the street and we have problems with trees not growing well due to the salt air in our yard.
Thanks for all the help guys.

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ormonddab

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#5 posted 08-20-2015 12:45 AM

To give you proper perspective, the bowl is about 7” in diameter.

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