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05-16-2010 04:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question identification

For the past couple of days I’ve been poking around the internet looking for a website that shows both tree identification and the look of the lumber inside the tree. I’ve been able to find several sites that have a very nice collection of one, or the other, but not both.

I don’t need super-accurate listings – I’m not worried about it being extremely colour-accurate.

Mostly it’s for my own curiosity. I’ve been doing lots of exploring lately and am curious what trees are around me – and then naturally, I’m curious as to what the wood looks like inside. I don’t intend on cutting down any trees any time soon to utilise it. Likewise, it would be nice for me to have a stronger mental image of what the particular trees look like when I know what kind of lumber it is.

As I live in Michigan, I don’t really need information on trees that don’t grow here. Seems most of the places I can find good info focus on the exotics rather than the common trees.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 04:19 PM

Try using the State University Extension campus in your area. Also, you can visit a local DNR office and ask for the arborist. I have found that here in Illinois, those people know every website pertinent to their job and can be very helpful.

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 05:46 PM

I don’t have any fancy online resources for you Lis, but I do know that learning to ID walnut, cherry, and oak will get you a long ways in your neck of the woods. Of course, there are other types of trees around, and there are sub-species of the big three. But, that will get you started with the most commonly used, and for that matter, the most common hardwoods.

(And, if you are in the UP, I seem to recall it being a lot of white pine. Maybe some cedar.)

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 06:15 PM

Maybe contact LJ Gary Fixler. He has been putting together an impressive list of wood identification.

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#6 posted 05-16-2010 09:22 PM

Hey Lis, sorry, I forgot to mention maple … I’m sure that you’ve got some of it in your woods. (And, for that matter, maple’s wood shop double … birch.)

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#7 posted 05-16-2010 09:37 PM

I know you said you was looking on the Internet but this is a great book I found at the library and since then I purchased one. its full of great information. good luck and if you find any really good site please post them. Good luck
“Understanding Wood”


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#8 posted 05-17-2010 06:56 PM

I don’t know if you tried this one, but it might be worth a look.

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