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11-07-2017 10:11 PM

I am new to wood turning and have been practicing on found wood. I picked up a few logs from a storm fallen tree and do not know what it is. If anyone can help it would be appreciated. The shavings from the chain saw are almost orange. The last pic is a rough turned piece from the logs pictured.

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#1 posted 11-07-2017 10:19 PM

Looks like oak to me. Does it smell?

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#2 posted 11-07-2017 11:47 PM

Looks like it may be Taylorsville Orange Alder.

Awesome grain, BTW!

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#3 posted 11-08-2017 04:32 AM

Looks like locust to me!

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#4 posted 11-08-2017 06:25 AM

I recently milled up a similar log. Black locust is my guess.

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#5 posted 11-08-2017 01:26 PM

Locust or Mulberry. Very similar in look on the endgrain from a quick glance. You can use UV light to check – Locust will glow bright and mulberry will not. Otherwise, I have a hard time telling them apart in certain boards.

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#6 posted 11-08-2017 03:32 PM

Black alder. 100%.

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#7 posted 11-08-2017 03:49 PM

Novice guess here but my mind jumps to honey locust.

Fridge – Does black alder grow in KY?

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#8 posted 11-08-2017 07:33 PM

It looks to me like Osage Orange. Is it super heavy? (compared to other hardwoods)

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#9 posted 11-08-2017 07:37 PM

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#10 posted 11-08-2017 08:00 PM

Yes. It is the only tree that can grow anywhere. Even the arctic.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#11 posted 11-08-2017 09:39 PM

Osage Orange is always easy to identify, because if you take some of those wood shavings and put them in water they will dye the water yellow. It contains a water soluble pigment.

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#12 posted 11-08-2017 09:51 PM

BTW, Joey502, in case you haven’t caught on yet, there’s a running joke here on LJ’s that, well, pretty much ALL wood is Alder…

-- Pete

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#13 posted 11-09-2017 12:17 AM

How dare you insult me and all of alder-kind.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 11-09-2017 12:21 AM



BTW, Joey502, in case you haven t caught on yet, there s a running joke here on LJ s that, well, pretty much ALL wood is Alder…

- PPK

I did not know of the running joke about Adler. I am east of where Adler grows by a number of miles.

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#15 posted 11-09-2017 12:27 AM

The wood and chainsaw mess turned yellow within a few hours of being cut. The Orange color of the end grain in the pic has not come back, I assume there was a color change due to exposure to the sun.

Here is what it looks like now

I put a small piece in a cup of warm water and there is a little bit of yellowing to the water but not a lot.

I don’t have a blacklight to see if it locust. Have not had one of those since I was 19.

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