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Forum topic by Natalie posted 10-21-2013 02:52 AM 1257 views 1 time favorited 44 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Natalie

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10-21-2013 02:52 AM

Okay, grown in Oregon, Portland area. I have no leaves or any idea of what it looked like when it was standing. I have bark and I have wood grain. That’s all.

Here are some photos. Keep in mind I took these minutes after it was cut. I am guessing that some of this lively color will fade or even out eventually. But notice it has no distinct heartwood or sapwood.

Another clue is that the bark peels horizontally in small ribbons somewhat like Cherry.
Someone has said pear, even given the size still thinks it’s pear. He must of meant flowing pear?

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.


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#1 posted 10-21-2013 03:14 AM

all im thinking is i hate you, you suck, lol, sorry, you know where this deep feeling of envy is coming from, i will now have to go back to my meetings, i dont know what this is, but man, its gorgeous….i want some…i want some…i want some, see im delirious…lol, what is it….and where can you get more of it…see, i am in the same boat you are, good thing i have a bad back, as i have a barn here that would be full to the rafters if i could handle what your doing, enjoy…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 10-21-2013 03:22 AM

some of this tree does look like some of the cherry i got over a year ago, but i dont know what this is, maybe its a flowering pear, ill look and see what i find, how much of this did you get, its all milled up now , correct…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 10-21-2013 03:31 AM

Yeah, now you know the heady craze that I am now trying to control. I got a pretty large chunk of this, and it’s why this may make the whole crazy deal worthwhile. The log was 12 ft long, 18” at one end and about 13 to 14 at the other. I’m soooo excited about it. If I can ID it I will see about Kiln drying. I just want a good idea of what it is, so I can decide the best approach to drying.

It seems to me like the biggest clue has to be the absence of distinct heartwood/sapwood, and the way the bark peels. Before I cut it I thought it was Cherry.

I hope I get some responses maybe even with photos.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#4 posted 10-21-2013 03:32 AM

Honey Locust?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-21-2013 04:48 AM

Hi Natalie, I’m thinking it’s not a pear….They just don’t get that big as a rule here…way to wet, they tend to center rot. It could be an alder or an elm…..Sure looks like some kind of cherry.

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#6 posted 10-21-2013 11:01 AM

Beautiful, whatever it is..

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#7 posted 10-21-2013 11:15 AM

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. You’ve just delayed my morning routine by about 15 minutes.
(no idea what it is though)

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#8 posted 10-21-2013 11:30 AM

Just a thought – ‘river birch’ or ‘black birch’ can have bark like that, but it seems to be the wrong region for you.

Betula nigra

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#9 posted 10-21-2013 11:55 AM

I am with Sandra; birch

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#10 posted 10-21-2013 03:24 PM

Hmmmm. Not Honey Locust, wrong bark. Birch is a a thought, I’ll have to look into that. The bark is heavy though not at all papery. Not all Birch has paper bark though, right? Back to drawing board.

Cellulosespinner: Nice to hear from a local. Just curious, do you belong the Woodworkers Guild here?

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#11 posted 10-21-2013 03:31 PM

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#12 posted 10-21-2013 03:35 PM

One of the best ways to tell if it is Betula Nigra is to see the water pour out of it when it is cut (while alive). Even after it is cut all the way down, the trunk will shed copious amounts of water.

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#13 posted 10-21-2013 03:56 PM

Jim, great sites, and I bookmarked them. I will spend some serious study time on those tonight.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#14 posted 10-21-2013 08:11 PM

Hi Natalie, just want to say you have some beautiful wood there .I helped cut down a flowering pear tree in July and it had a few red streaks in it when freshly cut but nothing as nice as that. Here is a picture of a couple logs that I cut. Hope this helps or maybe more confusing.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#15 posted 10-21-2013 08:13 PM

Whatever it is I want some.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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