Could This be Chestnut? Wood ID Help

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Forum topic by richardwootton posted 02-06-2013 05:38 PM 1024 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2013 05:38 PM

These beams are for sale on Craigslist and before I make the trip out there to check them out I was wondering if anyone could help ID what species they are. I’d love it if they turned out to be Chestnut…

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 06:17 PM

It’s absolutely impossible to tell from the pictures, but it’s a safe bet to assume that they are local woods sourced from the surrounding area. A hundred years ago you didn’t ship the timbers for a barn from across the country – you used what was available locally. Go visit the seller and ask him if you can plane a little off of one side of a timber – then you’ll be able to tell.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 07:09 PM

Well that’s what I was thinking, I was just trying to save hour and a half drive if at all possible.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 09:27 PM

It definitely looks like wood, but darned if I could say whether or not its chestnut. ;-)

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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