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Forum topic by Sanmatisse posted 03-15-2012 04:40 PM 1273 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2012 04:40 PM

While running tree clippings to the recycle/reuse site I came across this cedar log. I am located in N Texas.
I searched for information on cedar trees in N TX and the likeliest candidate I found was eastern red cedar (IMO).

Anyone else have a better grasp on species identification? I am interested in using some quartersawn pieces for a stringed instrument. Thanks

-- Sandy Wise


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#1 posted 03-15-2012 04:43 PM

looks like hickory to me.

-- Chuck, http://woodchucksworkshop.blogspot.com

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 05:19 PM

Hickory, interesting. I assumed it was a cedar, shows how much I know. Looking at images of hickory from a search I can see that the bark looks like the Shagbark hickory.
Not sure how I will be using it now. I will get it quartered up and see.

Thanks

-- Sandy Wise

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#3 posted 03-15-2012 05:26 PM

Looks like hickroy to me, too. How heavy is it? Use some tools on it and if it dulls them, it’s hickory:) It’s a really nice looking piece of wood.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-15-2012 06:35 PM

here is a hickory bottle holder I was working on last night.
it’s also quarter sawn.

http://lumberjocks.com/Chuckthewoodchuck/blog/28889

-- Chuck, http://woodchucksworkshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 03-15-2012 06:48 PM

Not Cedar, but I can’t tell what it is.
I would be inclined toward Hickory or pecan. there are a lot of LJ’s near you and some that aren’t a part of the LJ crew that could help.

I live in Franklin about 160 miles south of you, you could bring it down and we could slice it up to see what it’s made of!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 03-15-2012 08:24 PM

thanks for all the replies.

“Looks like hickroy to me, too. How heavy is it?”

It is very heavy and very wet. i ripped it with an electric chainsaw. I am going to mill out a few slabs from the short piece and get them to drying.

-- Sandy Wise

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 01:38 AM

Looks like that it might be Arizona Cypress, Cupressus arizonica or some type of juniper, but not red cedar. I don’t think that it is hickory, as hickory is ring porous, and the end grain in your pic leads me to think that it is a conifer, not a hardwood.

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#8 posted 03-16-2012 05:05 PM

Juniper is very abundant around here so that might be the ticket. Thanks

-- Sandy Wise

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#9 posted 03-20-2012 12:27 AM

At first I thought Shagbark Hickory, but then I saw that the branch knots seem to start at the pith… that means conifer to me… so I second WDHLT15

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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