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Forum topic by Tanda4 posted 11-15-2016 04:48 AM 846 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2016 04:48 AM

Picked up this beautiful and unique piece from the local hardwood store. It was in with the Red Oak.
It’s 9.5”x60”x1.5”. If it is Red Oak, what happened to make it so beautiful?

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#1 posted 11-15-2016 05:12 AM

Wow, end grain looks like oak to me, surley not a burl. Maybe it had some fungi?

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#2 posted 11-15-2016 05:16 AM

Looking at the uploaded pictures it doesn’t show how crisp the wavy lines actually are. I’ll take additional pictures during the daytime.

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#3 posted 11-15-2016 01:54 PM

End grain certainly looks like red oak to me. My guess is that this tree had a large burl growth that affected the growth of the adjacent grain. They probably cut the burl off and sold it separately and then cut the remaining log into boards.

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#4 posted 11-15-2016 02:08 PM

Looks like white oak to me.

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#5 posted 11-15-2016 02:53 PM

Curly red oak.

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#6 posted 11-15-2016 02:55 PM

Curly red oak.

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+1 I’ve had some in the past with a little curl but never anything to that extent. Nice find. And good luck planing that…

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#7 posted 11-15-2016 03:07 PM

I’ll second Lazyman’s red oak assessment … a nearby burl growth or perhaps a crotch figure. I need to visit that hardware store!

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#8 posted 11-15-2016 03:18 PM

Looks like a Van Gogh. Awesome, hopefully you find a nice project for it.

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#9 posted 11-15-2016 03:35 PM

“Ribbon Oak” is my guess. I ran into a piece 2 yrs. ago. Mine was not as heavily figured as yours, and was IMPOSSIBLE to plane by hand or machine. Had to run it through a wide belt sander to smooth it up.
That is some pretty special wood, and deserves a special project for sure.


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#10 posted 11-15-2016 03:49 PM

I don’t think that endgrain is mistakable for anything but oak. I second the fungus theory. Maybe it was near a burl, maybe the fungus affected this tree differently, maybe it was affected by some other type if fungus. Regardless a really cool and probably awfully rare piece of wood.

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#11 posted 11-15-2016 03:50 PM

Another vote for curly red oak.

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#12 posted 11-16-2016 10:46 PM

Yep, curly red oak… maybe with some spalting/fungus discoloration.

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#13 posted 12-13-2016 03:06 AM

Wow, interesting figure. It looks like red oak to me also.

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