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11-22-2014 07:04 PM

I was visiting an old friend yesterday over in Flat Creek Valley and he was splitting some firewood. He had bought a truck load of logs and had several of these trees in with the load.

Neither of us can recall seeing this tree before as a log and can’t make up our minds what it is. The trees came out of the North Georgia mountains somewhere around us. It’s also light in weight like pine but isn’t a pine. Some of the wood is a pinkish color. The logs were long and crooked as heck.

I’ve had several locals look at it and they’ve all got a different name for it which tells me they don’t really know either, and I laughed at them and told them that.

I’m sure a jock can tell us what this wood is.

Thanks in advance

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#1 posted 11-22-2014 08:35 PM

The bark and end grain pic look similar to sassafras. Also the top pic, where you can see the inner bark, sassafras will have the same tannish color inner bark. If you have the piece available…take your thumbnail and scrape the bark a bit. Sassafras bark is soft, give it a smell. Sassafras has a very distinct pleasant smell. Sassafras is light, similar to pine.

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 11:54 PM

The end grain almost looks cedar-ish, but not the bark. If softwood like that was part of his firewood delivery he should look for another provider.

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#3 posted 11-23-2014 12:07 AM

If it was from around here (PacNoWest) I throw hemlock into the mix. They have any species of hemlock in Georgia? Nothing wrong with hemlock for firewood except it takes a long time to season.

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#4 posted 11-23-2014 02:57 AM

The way in which I split reminds me a bit of willow, and the bark doesn’t look that far off either.

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#5 posted 11-26-2014 01:57 AM

There is eastern hemlock in North GA. Tsuga canadensis. However, this looks like a ring porous hardwood. Willow is diffuse porous.

I agree with freddy that it might be sassafras.

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#6 posted 11-26-2014 02:25 AM

Sure is pretty To bad it ended as fire wood instead of a table

-- Rich

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#7 posted 11-26-2014 03:46 AM

Thanks guys for your replies. Sorry to be so long in answering. We had a cnc go crazy on us in the shop and had to have it replaced by the company it’s leased from.

My friend talked to the logger he bought the load of logs from and he told him he had no idea what it was. My wife said it looks just like a tree we had close to our house on the side of a mountain that fell about 10 years ago.

I remembered this and no one could tell us what kind of tree it was. I may take it to the county agent Monday and see what they say. I’m not doubting any of your answers and after looking at images of different trees on the net it could be several of them.

Rich, the logs were about 30 feet long and way to crooked to get any boards out of them.

We put a piece in the wood stove and it turned out look like charcoal and didn’t burn. I’ve got a friend that is a turner and he took a piece home with him and plans on seeing how it’ll turn.

We cut a large Hemlock several months ago because it had a blight in it and was headed towards one of our buildings. My plan was to saw it into lumber and have it kiln dried and I forgot all about the tree until the replies on here. I’m going to look at it tomorrow and see if they match. The best I can remember about the Hemlock is the bark was much rougher than this wood.

I’ll let you know and if anyone else has anymore suggestions please let me know.

Once again I thank you for your replies.

Happy Thanksgiving and have a safe one.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#8 posted 11-26-2014 11:00 AM

Like Freddy said smell and would agree distinct and pleasant. One of those woods that one can identify with a blindfold and a hand plane. Will be interesting to see what you find out.

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#9 posted 11-26-2014 05:12 PM

Smooth Bark (Pignut) Hickory?

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#10 posted 11-26-2014 05:22 PM

I vote for elm.. The bark and wood remind me of elm… It does not burn very well green, but pretty good seasoned out.

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#11 posted 11-26-2014 11:35 PM

Thanks guys for your replies and suggestions. I’ve enclosed the pic of the Hemlock I mentioned in an earlier post.
This tree is about 18 inches in diameter. The logs the other wood can out of was about half this size in width, long and very crooked and very few limbs on them. I’ve got a friend with a bandsaw mill coming Saturday to saw it into lumber.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#12 posted 11-27-2014 02:06 AM

I am almost sure that it is sassafras. It is for sure a hardwood, and not a softwood like hemlock.

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

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#13 posted 11-27-2014 02:20 AM

if it’s crooked it’s sassafras. what’s it smell like???

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

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