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09-25-2012 12:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak black dots

Does anyone know what you call this type of oak? It has a bunch of tiny black dots in it. I recently made jewelry boxes with this oak, and i would like to know what to call this oak.


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#1 posted 09-25-2012 12:53 AM

It might be a form of spalting, but, I’m not sure.

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#2 posted 09-25-2012 01:03 AM

Maybe insect damage of some type.

The pic is dark, anyway to throw a bit more light?

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 01:05 AM

I’m not an expert but I played one once.

We probably need some better pictures that can be enlarged and also some of the end grain that can be enlarged.

If you have any pictures of the living tree with leaves it would help a lot, not one you think looks like it but the original.

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 01:14 AM

Here is a better close up:

And some end grain:

I sorry but i do not have a picture of the tree.

Thanks guys


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#5 posted 09-25-2012 01:22 AM

Acne oak….aka zit oak, and apaloosa oak.


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#6 posted 09-25-2012 01:28 AM

Basically it’s Red Oak. What you show is flat sawn, and if you quarter sawed some of it you would see a lot of flecks and rays.

It’s nice looking wood, but I’m not certain what actual type it is. The black spots look like small branches that started and died.

I have a lot of different red oaks here, along with a couple of nice white oaks, but none of them match that.

If it’s red oak don’t use it for an end grain cutting board. The pores are too large and will harbor bacteria.

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 01:44 AM

I was think that they where branches too, but I seconded guessed myself because there are hundreds of them throughout the boards and it does seem that there would be so much branches on one tree.


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#8 posted 09-25-2012 02:18 AM

Some tree respond to damage, stress or heavy pruning of the canopy by sprouting dormant leaf buds all up and down the trunk. Could be hundreds of them. Storm damage, insect infestation, who knows?

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#9 posted 09-25-2012 02:22 AM

That looks like red oak with a lot of beautiful “pin knots” in it. I have seen this in many different woods (even pine) and I am always looking for more of it! I have no idea what causes this.

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#10 posted 09-25-2012 03:09 AM

Looks like Red Oak Burl Wannabe…seen a lot of it over the years , but don’t know the exact cause.

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#11 posted 09-25-2012 03:16 AM

Yep, looks like acne oak to me too.

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#12 posted 09-25-2012 03:45 AM

It’s good old freckled Oak. :))

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#13 posted 09-25-2012 03:56 AM

There are approx. 235 species of oak. Enjoy !

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#14 posted 09-25-2012 06:22 AM

Sometimes mother nature just does things differently in a tree. Don’t spend too much time wondering about it. Just enjoy the fact that you have it.

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#15 posted 09-25-2012 07:22 AM

I think it is a teakwood.

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