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01-03-2015 02:44 PM

I am looking for help identifying wood species in the photos below. What I know is the tree grows in Central Minnesota and appears to be a hardwood. I am thinking is an oak of some kind. I obtained the wood as a log so I do not have any photos of the tree or it’s leaves.

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 02:54 PM

I am not an expert but I have never seen oak that looks like this… I would say it might be hickory or ash but like I said get 2nd opinion :)

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 03:02 PM

See if you can mark it with your thumb nail. If you can easily score a line in it, it’s probably not a hard hardwood.

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 03:43 PM

Looks like ash to me


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#4 posted 01-03-2015 03:56 PM

My vote is pretty srtongly in the ash camp

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 03:59 PM

Ditto Ash

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 09:34 PM

Both bark and wood look like ash. Ash and oak can be very similar in appearance but oak always has some kind of rays or flecks going on and ash doesn’t. If there’s zig-zag grooves under the bark, it’s ash attacked by the emerald borer.

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 09:47 PM

There is a bug that is killing the ash trees so you’ll see a lot of it on the market.

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 02:13 AM

Ash. Just don’t transport that bark across state lines…

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#9 posted 01-04-2015 09:16 AM

After looking up more details on Ash I completely agree this is Ash.

I appreciate the heads up regarding the Ashborer. I am aware of the dangers of the Emerald Ashborer and the need to contain this pest thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Minnesota DNR is pretty awesome about educating us outdoors people. :-)

The wood has not and will not be crossing state lines. I have cut the few logs I have into 1”x1” strips for pen making and there are no signs of the Ashborer.

Thank you very much!

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#10 posted 01-04-2015 12:36 PM

Unfortunately, the ash borer is going to get almost all of the ash trees. In my area, all are dead or dying. It cost me a bunch to have 6 trees taken down.

Ash is such a good wood for drawers and I like it for furniture in place of oak.

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#11 posted 01-04-2015 12:58 PM

The wide bottom board with the bark on is oak. You can see the rays as thin lines. The rays in ash are not visible to the naked eye. The two narrow pieces on top of the wider piece are ash. So, I agree with ash for the narrow pieces.

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