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04-06-2016 03:18 AM

I picked up a few of these logs late last fall last year and came across them yesterday going through the pile. I , for the love of me have no idea what they are. I sliced one on the bandsaw and was amazed at what was going on in there. I then took a piece and rounded it off on the lathe and again the color and grain is amazing.
It seems to be a softer wood but very solid. No cracks where visible in the pieces from last year. When I put some anchor seal on the ends, it started to turn the orange-ish color to a red. The bark has a reddish color and the bark seems to be peeling somewhat.
Any help on this will be well appreciated.

Thanks Dave

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 03:41 AM

Box Elder maybe?

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 03:48 AM

Waho6o9, I can at least eliminate box elder since I had one of those cut down on my property last year. That had a lot of white in it. This one has a orange/red color in the wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 04:05 AM


Sure is nice looking grain.

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#4 posted 04-06-2016 04:55 AM

My 1st thought was some kind of walnut… but, ???

COOL wood for sure!

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#5 posted 04-06-2016 05:00 AM


I don’t think it’s walnut. I also think the color is due to spalting or possible disease? have you checked the data base. No I don’t remember how to get there, but You could Google it?

Possibly a fruitwood?

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#6 posted 04-06-2016 05:11 AM

Wrong kind of bark for walnut Joe. Rule that one out. Besides, I have a few walnut logs. No comparison.

Tom I see some black lines around the grain, that may be some spalting starting. But the color is predominantly orange-ish/red with the sapwood. Never seen anything like it. I have been looking all day on and off and can’t find anything close.

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#7 posted 04-06-2016 05:26 AM

If you were on the west coast (Vancouver Island anyway) I would bet money it was Pacific Yew but I don’t think it grows in your area.
The white sapwood, orange heartwood, staining red, peeling bark are all characteristics of Pacific Yew and it just looks like Yew to me. (Please no puns, I’ve heard them all. :-))

...... but ….. I would never call it a “softer wood”. Fully dried you can’t drive a nail into it without drilling first. The nail will bend. Perhaps it is some softer relative?

Out of curiosity, if you wet the heartwood and leave it on a lighter piece will I it stain the lighter piece red?

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#8 posted 04-06-2016 06:45 AM

Have no idea Dave, but sent some down under if you like.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 04-06-2016 07:16 AM

How about NonPacific Yew? ;-) Seriously, Looks like Madrona to me, does it grow there? r

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#10 posted 04-06-2016 07:52 AM

Where did you pick them up last fall?

Some kind of fruit wood?

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#11 posted 04-06-2016 08:14 AM

The first couple photos, I was all, Carob. But, when I got to the bark and the crosscut, I was all, Haven’t a clue.
Tell you what, Dave. Send me a plank, about eight feet long, say, three to four inches thick, and couple feet feet wide. I’ll run a test on it, and send it back. Okay? Okay.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 04-06-2016 08:56 AM

Looks to me like the cedar / juniper that is found along the upper Missouri / Yellowstone river. Not much aroma.

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#13 posted 04-06-2016 10:34 AM

I have to agree with Dave G.. That piece with the bark looks like Juniper to me..

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#14 posted 04-06-2016 10:56 AM

+1 for cedar or juniper. The odor, when cut, will confirm.

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#15 posted 04-06-2016 11:56 AM

Definitely a softwood, not a hardwood. I agree that it is a type of juniper or something closely related.

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