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GRDKelowna

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09-08-2017 03:31 PM

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Hi all, long time skulker, first time poster. I’m looking to find out what this wood is, and specifically if it might cause reactions. Found it on the roadside cut for firewood…hey, free wood!

It’s unexpectedly light, and I got a sore throat the same day I was working with it, no dust mask at the time. I’m in Kelowna, bc, and we have a ton of smoke right now too, and my daughter was sick this week, so I’m trying to figure out where this came from.

The finish is just mineral oil. I look forward to the results of your investigations!

Brian Martin
Growth Ring Designs


-- Brian Martin, Kelowna, BC


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#1 posted 09-08-2017 03:33 PM

Is it soft? I.e. can you make a dent with a fingernail? Looks like Alder to me.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 09-08-2017 03:45 PM

your location could help us help you. we can narrow it down some that way.
until then, its junk and should be shipped to the TOM foundation- a non profit organization helping people in my shop named “tom” further their woodworking skills. :)

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#3 posted 09-08-2017 04:15 PM

I can make a small dent but I have to press pretty hard. I’m in Kelowna, BC, Canada, and no, Tom. Just no. ;)

http://www.wood-database.com/red-alder/

Says Coastal western North America, could be in the ballpark!

-- Brian Martin, Kelowna, BC

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#4 posted 09-08-2017 04:22 PM

I was thinking maybe Pacific yew since you think it might have made you cough .
But the pics look more like myrtle.
I’ve been sucking at wood I’d so I’m probably wrong.Might as well call it Alder :(

-- Aj

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#5 posted 09-08-2017 04:24 PM

It isn’t alder from the small amount of bark I can see in the third picture. I lived in Kelowna as a little kid. For others, it’s an arid location with pine forests.

The bark does look like ponderosa pine, but I have little experience with the wood (which would be soft enough to dent) and whether you can see figure like that. From where you picked it up, do you suspect it was a native tree, or could it have been an ornamental tree in someone’s yard?

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#6 posted 09-08-2017 04:52 PM

My suspicion is native, since it seems to be a semi-regular drop spot for bucked wood in an agricultural area. It’s the same area I bought an elm log and 2 black walnut logs from a farmer, so there seems to be quite a variety in the area.

-- Brian Martin, Kelowna, BC

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#7 posted 09-08-2017 07:33 PM

Can you do a quality end grain shot? I’ve never seen pine with figure like that so I think it’s probably something else.

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#8 posted 09-08-2017 08:59 PM

Ask and you shall receive….unless you’re Tom asking for my wood!

I was planning on selling these as cheese boards at the local farmers market, should I have any reservations about reactions / allergies?

-- Brian Martin, Kelowna, BC

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#9 posted 09-08-2017 09:26 PM

I don’t know.

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#10 posted 09-08-2017 10:10 PM

Quality endgrain pictures will be with the endgrain completely flat to the plane of the lens (ie. straight on) and as absolutely close as your camera will get and still focus. When people evaluate the endgrain they are mainly looking at the pattern of the pores.

Whenever I see really oblong knots like that I tend to think pine of some type. That’s probably not a definitive, but I still always think that way…

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