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11-13-2013 10:26 PM

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My girlfriend who is a sculpting teacher at a local university found this outside the school studio. It may belong to a student, but she hasn’t figured out who yet. If no one claims it, she’ll probably bring it to me. Any Idea what it might be? it is bright yellow with some reddish color toward the center. Being that it is just a chunk of log, I would guess it grew around here in PA.

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 10:36 PM

I would guess osage orange or mulberry.

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 10:54 PM

Thanks Scott. From the description, I would guess it is osage orange. That is a good website, I don’t know why I never saw it before

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 11:03 PM

Reminds me of Mulberry

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#4 posted 11-13-2013 11:31 PM

Either way it’s a very neat color.

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 12:16 AM

It could be locust.

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 02:15 AM

I’m stumped.

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 02:24 AM

It’s not Ikea wood.

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#8 posted 11-14-2013 03:33 AM

My first thought was Locust

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#9 posted 11-14-2013 12:55 PM

Black locust only has one or two sapwood rings. That is what I see in your pic. The color and the very narrow sapwood band would indicate black locust. If balck locust, all the pores will be totally occluded with tyloses, mulberry will have some open pores if viewed with a hand lens.

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#10 posted 11-14-2013 12:59 PM

And if its locust it will be hard. Sharpen your tools!

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 01:14 PM

Maybe honey locust, with that reddish color in the middle

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