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01-20-2014 12:48 AM

Spotted this piece in my brother in-law’s firewood pile. Threw it in my trunk and brought it home

Inside is some nice looking spalting.

I am hoping someone can help identify this wood from the bark.

Thank you.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim


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#1 posted 01-20-2014 01:14 AM

Sycamore?

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 01:22 AM

beach?

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 01:23 AM

Do you have any pictures of the bark that don’t look rotted? Based on what’s visible from the split pieces, the thickness of the bark points toward birch. Do you know how long ago it was cut?

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 01:34 AM

This is the best section of bark from the cut pieces. I was leaning toward birch, but was hoping for some confirmation. I think the tree was cut down last spring, BIL’s woodpile is in the woods, so the leaves and mulch have kept it rather moist.

Thanks everyone. Any other ideas or suggestions?

Project suggestions welcome too.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#5 posted 01-20-2014 01:40 AM

I agree, the second piece could be birch. The first piece could be to, but it could be almost anything in that state. It will make some interesting projects either way.

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#6 posted 01-20-2014 01:47 AM

Looks like either maple or hackberry from here. Both spalt rapidly even when standing dead.

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#7 posted 01-20-2014 01:47 AM

Here’s a really good site to check it out.
http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/

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TrBlu

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#8 posted 01-20-2014 01:52 AM

I am certain it is not maple. I was hoping when I saw it in the pile. But, it is not dense enough to be maple.

Hackberry is a possibility.

This was in Huntsville, along the mountain. There is a lot of birch, hackberry and maple in the area. I did not see the tree befor it was cut. It had been standing dead for some time.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#9 posted 01-20-2014 04:32 AM

Very hard to tell, the bark is pretty far gone. It looks like it has smooth bark. Could be maple, black birch, beech, maybe even sycamore. Since it is small, could even be a smooth barked oak like water oak. With nothing else to go on, that is my bet. A pic of a clean slice of the end grain with a razor knife will help immensely.

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#10 posted 01-27-2014 02:38 AM

Looks like Spalted Maple to me or possibly Burch based on what I can see of the bark. Did it grow in Alabama?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#11 posted 01-27-2014 02:39 AM

If it is still not soft I would say Maple or perhaps Sycamore. I would not think Burch in that state would be much good.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 01-27-2014 03:00 AM

The bark looks like birch.

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