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afranco

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09-14-2015 09:56 PM

Was wondering if anyone could help me identify this wood I just picked up at the saw mill. It came from some swamp mats.

Thanks for any help!!

Alonzo


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bearkatwood

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#1 posted 09-14-2015 10:49 PM

Looks like elm.

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 11:32 PM

Spalted maple….

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tomd

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 11:45 PM

+1 spalted maple

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afranco

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 11:53 PM

Thanks yall, I was thinking maple, I’ve never seen spalting that copper color though, does it start that color and turn black?

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woodsmithshop

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#5 posted 09-15-2015 12:18 AM

not spalting, Ambrosia Maple

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firefighterontheside

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#6 posted 09-15-2015 12:21 AM

Could be box elder too.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 09-15-2015 01:12 AM

I am thinking red maple,

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#8 posted 09-15-2015 04:15 AM

The spalting is a fungus, the beginning stages of rot. Being swamp mats they no doubt picked it up from being in contact with the ground. The wood could be lots of things. How heavy/hard is it?

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afranco

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#9 posted 09-15-2015 01:54 PM

Thanks again everyone.

@Rick M.- I haven’t worked with it yet to see how hard it is. I’ll find out this weekend when I start cleaning it up.

Alonzo

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Tennessee

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#10 posted 09-15-2015 02:31 PM

+1 for Ambrosia Maple. You can see the holes from the Ambrosia worms.

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Yonak

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#11 posted 09-15-2015 02:44 PM

Here’s a question for you : Can you call it ambrosia maple if it’s only got 6 ambrosia beetle holes in one small area and no real ambrosia staining, or does it just remain soft maple, say, red maple ?

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Rick M

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#12 posted 09-15-2015 04:41 PM

Maple is not the only type of wood that spalts, it’s just the most commonly available commercially sold spalted wood. Keep in mind that spalting will spread to other woods unless the lumberyard dried or sprayed the wood to kill the fungus.

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#13 posted 09-15-2015 05:12 PM

Last time I visited my guy for lumber, he had 8 boards of maple that look exactly like that, threw them in for free. I’ll see if I can get a picture tonight.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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