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08-03-2014 10:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood identification lumber turning

I am curious what kind of wood this turning blank is, and I can’t trust the source so I figured I would ask the community.


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#1 posted 08-03-2014 10:48 PM

Where did it come from? Is it dry, kiln or otherwise? What is the diameter of the blank? I hate to speculate without know as many of the specifics as possible.

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 10:56 PM

It looks just like elm to me, but there are so many woods I still haven’t seen that it could be something else of course.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 08-03-2014 11:03 PM

It sure looks like elm.

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#4 posted 08-03-2014 11:51 PM

It is 12 inches by 6 inches. I am told that it was waxed green. The person selling it says that it is Ironwood but frankly the heartwood looks way too big to be hornbeam.

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 12:06 AM

Elm and ironwood have similar bark, that could be a possibility. Is it heavy? I have some ironwood on the woodpile, not sure if I have elm there.

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#6 posted 08-04-2014 12:26 AM

It weighs around 20 pounds. Could it be another type of elm like siberian or slippery elm?

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#7 posted 08-04-2014 12:41 AM

The pic of 2 is ironwood. Side by side the bark even varies a bit. Ironwood bark looks like elm bark somewhat when you cut a tree, but when you pick it up, it’s much heavier. I couldn’t find any elm on the pile, but a little project I have is elm. It’s a hollow log which is going to be a squirrel feeder. You can see where the heartwood rotted away. The heartwood area is much larger or wider.

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#8 posted 08-04-2014 01:38 AM

Looks like Ostrya virginiana. Hophornbeam. Sometimes called ironwood.

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

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#9 posted 08-04-2014 04:50 PM

I’m still pretty sure it’s elm. We have 2 species that are predominant here. We call them red and white elm. The red get’s huge. The white elm is where you’ll find morel mushrooms usually starting in the 3rd week of April every year. The first year a white elm dies it’ll start producing morels around it’s base and for the next 2 years or so it’ll produce less until it stops. There’s a nice table made of elm in the projects.

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#10 posted 08-06-2014 07:22 PM

If you can do some math you can differentiate between American Ironwood and Elm by weight.

American Elm will weigh 35 pounds per cubic foot and less (12% moisture down to 0%)
American Ironwood will weigh 39 pounds per cubic foot and more (0% moisture up to 12%)

Since the two ranges don’t overlap you could differentiate between the two by weight.

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#11 posted 08-11-2014 05:42 PM

Two nice little bucks posing behind my 2 pieces of ironwood today at Noon.

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#12 posted 08-11-2014 06:11 PM

Nice pile of wood you have there Freddy and those deer look mighty tasty. I’m thinking elm but with out seeing the cell structure it’s hard to tell the difference for me.

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