Is this spalted oak or maple?

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03-21-2011 04:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: spalted oak maple wood

Hi All.
I’ve been using this wood for a couple of projects and am trying to figure out if this is spalted oak or maple?
I found a couple of large branches / trunks about a year ago and started using them now.

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 04:50 AM

Also, when I was turning, there was a gray powdery layer under the bark.
Any help identifying is really appreciated


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#2 posted 03-21-2011 02:51 PM

It looks like hackberry to me.

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 05:41 AM

It does not appear to be oak to me.

-- Scott, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 06:16 AM

the turned piece is maple if I had a choice of two, to pick from

the rest is just cool : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 03-26-2011 03:18 PM

Hackberry would be my first guess also – but note the word “guess”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 03-27-2011 04:43 AM

the bark doesnt look like oak to me . if it is oak i think it would stick a little when you cut it . like doogie doo

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 05:35 AM

Its not oak ,I would say it is maple.

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#8 posted 03-27-2011 03:39 PM

It’s not oak, and I don’t think it’s hackberry either. The bark does not resemble these first two choices. I think that it’s possibly maple or even elm, eventhough the ring structure on that end cut does resemble hackberry.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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