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02-22-2014 04:29 PM

A friend called and dropped this tree today. He doesn’t know what kind it is. I think this is walnut. Trunk is straight and about 10 to 12 feet long. Also, can you quarter saw walnut? Any help is appreciated.

-- Rick

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#1 posted 02-22-2014 04:57 PM

Doesn’t look like walnut bark that I am familiar with. But, trees have different varieties in different parts of the country. The heart wood looks like it might be walnut, but can’t really tell much from that picture.
What does the sawdust smell like? Any walnut hulls or nuts in the area?
Need more information.

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#2 posted 02-22-2014 05:07 PM

Not really sure about that….

but it could be some of that there southern old yeller tubafor.

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#3 posted 02-22-2014 05:41 PM


-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#4 posted 02-22-2014 05:48 PM

The picture is not good enough for positive ID. You can quarter saw any wood.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 02-22-2014 08:36 PM

It’s the only picture I have and I wasn’t there when it was cut down. Hickory or Persimmon maybe?

-- Rick

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#6 posted 02-22-2014 09:10 PM

Looks more like Hickory to me.

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#7 posted 02-22-2014 11:11 PM

Definitely not persimmon, way too big. Possibly hickory, pecan or maybe walnut. Ask your buddy what it smelled like when he was cutting it down.

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

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#8 posted 02-23-2014 12:37 AM

Going out tomorrow to see it for myself. Updates to follow. Even it’s not walnut but is a hardwood, would it be worth it to have it slabbed up? I talked to someone who will do it for 30 cents a bf. Also, walnut has a sweet smell…right?

-- Rick

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#9 posted 02-23-2014 12:43 AM

looks like walnut wanna be, but it’s not.


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#10 posted 02-23-2014 12:39 PM

Pretty certain that it is hickory.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#11 posted 02-23-2014 01:29 PM

I think it is a white oak. If it smell sweet, then a hickory, if it smells like cat poop, red oak. If it smells somewhere between the two, white oak.


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#12 posted 02-23-2014 01:48 PM

Looks like black walnut to me.

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#13 posted 02-23-2014 02:24 PM

pignut hickory

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#14 posted 02-23-2014 11:58 PM

Went out and took a gander at the tree in question. The next few pics may help.

Bark at the base where cut.

Next 3, up the trunk with the third at a crotch about 30’ up.

And the last one, the leaf.

I do know that it is oak. Now the question, red or white. I know what red oak smells like. Used it a lot when I first started woodworking. mrjinx, this doesn’t smell like cat poop…smelled enough of that to never forget that retched odor. Does smell slightly sweet though. Looked up white and red oak leaves and everything is pointing to white oak, however, the smell is more like red. Does red and white oak smell the same? This tree has been down about 30 hours so in the original image the heart wood and sap wood are not as contrasting.

If it’s red, I really don’t want it. White though…is a whole different game.
Thanks again for all the help.

-- Rick

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#15 posted 02-24-2014 12:46 AM

White oak.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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