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Topic tags/keywords: yellow wood indentification

The wood came from my father-in-law, who is getting on in years and does not have specifics on where and when the wood was acquired. But it is all about firewood lenght to twice as long and 6-12 inches in diameter. He obviously painted most of the ends with a green paint when he got it (10-15 years ago). And it has been in a shed since, roof, but no walls. It is local to Northern Alabama, a very yellow core, and a thick coarse bark.

I had not seen anything like it, though I am from Michigan/Wisconsin originally. But based on the site HobbitHouse, I think it is Osage Orange.

I will post pictures shortly. I tried to as I made this post, but ran into problems getting the pictures off the camera. So nothing to show right now.

Stay tuned.

-- Ah, the smell of fresh cut wood.

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#1 posted 851 days ago

Here are some Photos I uploaded to my photo account.

The full images can be seen at my SmugMug page.

-- Ah, the smell of fresh cut wood.

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#2 posted 851 days ago

The bark doesn’t look like Osage Orange, or Bodock, as we call it around here.

I would guess it might be Locust. Often used for fence posts because it weathers very good.

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#3 posted 851 days ago

I’d say black locust. Very hard, and hard on blades.

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#4 posted 851 days ago

The wood does not seem the right color for Black Locust, based on the images on HobbitHouse site. And the cell pattern seems different as well.

Here is a better shot at the bark :

I also added a shot taken in natural sunlight:

All the photos in higher resolution on my smugmug site:

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#5 posted 851 days ago

It looks like mulberry to me.

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#6 posted 851 days ago

Black Locust is my guess.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#9 posted 851 days ago

What do you think?

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#10 posted 851 days ago

Sure looks like Bodark / Osage Orange / Horse Apple to me. Hurricane blew one down in my parents yard and I’ve been cutting it up for inlay and using smaller pieces for hammer and ax handles. VERY tough stuff. Makes good knife handles too!

I’ll see if I can snap a picture of some of the pieces I have downstairs for ya.

-- James

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#11 posted 851 days ago


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#12 posted 851 days ago

It is not black locust since black locust only has 1 or two years of a sapwood ring, and this example has at least 7 or 8 years of sapwood growth. It is either osage orange or mulberry. Since the pores are totally occluded with tyloses, I am going with osage orange. They are both in the same family, but osage is denser and heavier.

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#13 posted 851 days ago

Not Hickory!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 851 days ago

That looks like Osage Orange. Especially pic 3 & 4.

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#15 posted 851 days ago

osage orange. When are you sending us some?


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