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Forum topic by Beeguy posted 11-27-2011 04:35 PM 1334 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2011 04:35 PM

About 25 years ago we planted some hybrid populars. I think they are a cross between the black poplar and the eastern cottonwood. They have grown quite large and we had to remove a few. I know poplar is not the strongest of wood, but I notice some very dark heartwood in these trees. The outer rings of the heart wood almost look like a rust color bleeding into the sapwood. I am going to take some of them to the sawmill. I am very interested in this dark wood. Has anyone ever used this wood for anything?

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#1 posted 11-29-2011 12:06 AM

Pictures; both of the standing tree and end grain?


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 12-01-2011 01:19 AM

Here are a few pictures. The larger log is what I expected to see. Some white wood with darker heart. The other shows the “staining” of the end grain. This particular slice was about 22 feet up. I would have expected it to be mostly light. But even the side branches have this coloring.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#3 posted 12-01-2011 04:24 AM

Sure is pretty isn’t it?! Better than that green stuff!

Will be nice to see how it looks when it’s sliced up and dried a little…

Maybe you’ve bred a new American Mahogany! LOL

I like Poplar… I like to work with it… stain & color it… Finish it… It’s good wood to me! Glad it’s not very expensive too!

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#4 posted 11-01-2014 02:48 PM

An update on this old post. The wood turned out great with a lot of nice grain color and not the usual poplar white with green streaks. But I just recently found out why. I honestly thought maybe there was some iron in the ground and it was being taken up into the tree or something like that.

I took a small piece of wood to our local woodworkers guild and showed it around. Most were surprised at the way it looked being poplar. There was someone from the forest service there that night and asked if the wood smelled funny. I was surprised at the question but told him yes it did. He told me it was caused by a bacteria that really does not harm the tree but it does color the wood. It is found it other species like maple too. Never heard of it but I am glad it was there. I have a few more trees to take down and we will see if they have it too.

So mystery solved.


-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#5 posted 11-01-2014 02:56 PM

Well, how about some pictures? I bet it looks great.

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