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08-06-2011 06:47 PM

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Okay I had just recently started a forum on having a source on here to identify wood and this is one reason why…

I have just cut out this nice burl out of what I thought was an ash tree but then I looked at the leaves and got confused. The burl originally looks like maple to me but the leaves are throwing me off. I am Canadian so I’m pretty sure what a maple leaf looks like. Is this a mixed breed? or am I just losing it?

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Sorry about the pics of the burl, I just cut it out with a sawzall and took the pic right away before planing it out. But the grain does look like maple.

-- M.K.


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#1 posted 08-06-2011 07:06 PM

100% sure it is not Canadian maple.

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 07:07 PM

I would agree that those are not maple leaves…

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#3 posted 08-06-2011 07:07 PM

Looks like it could be Box Elder with is related to maple. Box elder does have an ability to get the pink color.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 07:12 PM

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#5 posted 08-06-2011 07:15 PM

I feel fairly certain that its boxelder. I have one in my yard and the leaves are quite similar. Also, quick google image search gave similar results as well.

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#6 posted 08-06-2011 07:35 PM

ya see I was pretty positive its not maple but i don’t know what other trees give off those helicopters. And the bark is NOTHING like maple either….its thick

-- M.K.

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#7 posted 08-06-2011 07:35 PM

and elder i have heard of but never seen it before so I wouldn’t know lol

-- M.K.

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#8 posted 08-06-2011 07:38 PM

yes its definately elder…i just googled that sh!t and it definately looks and suits its definition

how is its value in comparison to other woods?

-- M.K.

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#9 posted 08-06-2011 07:44 PM

People like it because of the red streaks. I don’t know how the red holds up to sunlight. So if a piece is made of it then will it fade or stay the way it is.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#10 posted 08-06-2011 07:55 PM

gotcha…theyre going to be cutting down the tree soon and I wanna get what I can out of it

-- M.K.

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#11 posted 08-06-2011 07:58 PM

I cannot help but just had to say it’s beautiful whatever it is have fun kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 08-06-2011 08:00 PM

thx alistair…this is my first time ever cutting out a wood burl lol….I’m in love with it

-- M.K.

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#13 posted 08-06-2011 08:36 PM

It looks like this has been well covered but I will just chime in and say that definitely looks like box elder. I have turned some box elder. It can produce some very interesting patterns and color.

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

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#14 posted 08-06-2011 08:42 PM

Box Elder is a member of the maple family (Acer) Alder on the other hand is a member of the birch family.
The leaves pictured are box elder.

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#15 posted 08-06-2011 08:45 PM

lol thats ok rich….maybe next time i’ll just inbox the question to u :P

thx slim….the more info the better :)

-- M.K.

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