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DIYaholic

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07-13-2014 01:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question wood id

.... about what species this is. Well, I’m also clueless about a ton of other stuff, but that’s a whole ‘nuther story. We had a strong thunderstorm pass through here last week. Some 20,000 people lost power and on one of our customer’s properties, a limb was separated from it’s tree and mysteriously wound up in my basement shop “The Lair”. ;^) I figured the amputated appendage may make good turning practice and everyone can agree, I need the practice.

I live in the Champlain Valley, here in northwest Vermont, along the shores of Lake Champlain. Yeah, that means the tree is located here in the northeast also!!! Your help in identifying what I have here is greatly appreciated. That and if you want to come to “The Lair” and mentor my turning, feel free to stop by.

Vital statistics:
Length: +/- 3’
Dia: 3”-4”

Pictures of logs, leaves, tree & then some….

a few “Thank you” pics…
Saw a timber frame shed being “raised” & thought I would share….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?


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summerfi

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 01:42 PM

Looks exactly like the hybrid poplars I have in my yard, but could also be a cottonwood.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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mrjinx007

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 01:46 PM

Were there any seed pods on the tree? Nice little shed they are making. Inside my house is all timber frame, outside all logs.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Iwud4u

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 01:47 PM

I was thinking a Birch tree, but that’s just a guess.

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 01:56 PM

Poplar/cottonwood would e my guess leaning towards poplar.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 02:00 PM

Thanks for the input/info, Bob. My housemate was thinking cottonwood….

Bond, James Bond, err Mr, Jinx,
No seed pods were found…. what are your thoughts, as to species?
I love the look/joinery of timber frames!!!

Iwud4u,
A guess is what I’m trying to avoid. ;^)
Since the outcomes of my turnings are a guess….
Iwud like to at least know what the wood is!!!

Thanks for playing along, everyone….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 02:02 PM

Andy,
Can you bring your sawmill to Vermont….
I don’t have the time to travel to you!!!
I’ll even try to get more FREE logs….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 07-13-2014 02:03 PM

I’m going with large tooth aspen or called big tooth aspen.

http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/bigtooth_aspen.htm

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-13-2014 02:06 PM

The next time I’m in your neighborhood, I’ll stop by….........

I think Bill wins!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Gene Howe

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#9 posted 07-13-2014 02:10 PM

Leaves looks like the poplars we have growing here on the mesa.
Nice shed pics. Beautiful and strong construction.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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summerfi

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#10 posted 07-13-2014 02:12 PM

Yep, I didn’t catch the serrated leaf edges first time around. I’d say Bill is right.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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Iwud4u

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#11 posted 07-13-2014 02:25 PM

Sorry, I thought everybody’s opinions were just guesses as well. (even if mine was wrong)

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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DIYaholic

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#12 posted 07-13-2014 02:26 PM

Great, now Bill is gonna have a swollen head….
Rivaling the size of mine!!!

Bill,
Thanks for the link.
You can pick up your prize at WoodStick2015!!!

Andy,
Looking forward to the visit….
That or I’ll see you at WoodStick2015!!!

Gene,
Timber frame construction must be strong….
There are a lot of really old ones, here in Vermont!!!
I guess I’ll HAVE to see ya at WoodStick2015. ;^)

Bob,
Thanks for furthering the inflation of Bill’s head!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#13 posted 07-13-2014 02:29 PM

Iwud4u,
No apologies necessary!!!
I wasn’t criticizing your guess, just trying to have a little fun at my expense!!!
It’s all good….
Yes, most/all are guessing as DNA tests won’t be performed!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Iwud4u

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#14 posted 07-13-2014 02:31 PM

No problem, I’m just sensitive. ;)

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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firefighterontheside

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#15 posted 07-13-2014 02:38 PM

My genius head is not too big, I don’t think.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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