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Ray Friddle

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1650 days ago

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Hey LJ Masters and Apprentices-
Last weekend I was cruising through the hills of North Berkeley (beautiful drive btw) and passed by three large stumps outside a home. They set them next to their trash to be hauled off, so I threw them in the back of my truck to use one as a splitting block to make kindling, and the others for some rugged woodworking projects.

I’m not sure what kind of wood these are. Again, they are from Northern California. They are about 1 1/2 ft (18 in.) in diameter. I’m thinking perhaps mulberry or walnut, but I’m not sure. I’ve included some pictures:

The top cross cut (not fresh):

Side bark in sun:

Side bark in shade (better color):

Any thoughts anyone? When I can I’ll cut a disc off the top so the fresh rings can be seen better.

-- Ray


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EricRFP

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#1 posted 1649 days ago

It’s really hard to say with the small photos. Get a close up of the end grain.. It’s not Mulberry or Walnut. If I had to take a shot in the dark I would say maybe an Oak.

Eric.

-- Eric, NorCal www.rocklinforestproducts.com

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#2 posted 1649 days ago

If you are lucky that is persimmon…the bark sure looks like a mature persimmon tree. Pictures of a fresh cut will tell the story. Or it could be black gum, same looking bark…I need to see the inside.

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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#3 posted 1649 days ago

Thanks for the input so far.

I made a rip cut down the center today (ay carumba my arm is tired). The inside is beautiful. Here is a picture of one. Yes, those are socks-with-flip-flops in the corners.

closer view,

any guesses? Thanks guys.

-- Ray

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Daren Nelson

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#4 posted 1649 days ago

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richgreer

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#5 posted 1649 days ago

Agree – it’s black gum. You are a lucky man. This can be a very nice wood to work with.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 1649 days ago

Thanks a lot guys. I should have mentioned it also had a menthol-like smell to it when cut. I’ll be sure to post the various projects I can squeeze out of these. Thanks again!

-- Ray

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sidestepmcgee

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#7 posted 1640 days ago

if it smells like menthol then its campor for sure, the bark looks like to.most of the campor in my pile has a little pink in it.

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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