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07-26-2009 06:28 PM

Mystery Solved: Grey Elm

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I don’t know if you can tell by these pictures but does anyone have any ideas about what type of wood this might be?

My aunt was storing it for my cousin (who died this past year) and now she has given the wood to me.

Thanks for your help, everyone.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 07-26-2009 06:48 PM

It may help if you could scrape off a section, or plane it, then take a pic. That way we can see what it would look like freshly sawn.

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#2 posted 07-26-2009 06:50 PM

It’s very interesting – going to make a lot of pens lol – but no idea what it is! Sorry

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#3 posted 07-26-2009 07:11 PM

How about petrified sweet potato LOL

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#4 posted 07-26-2009 07:15 PM

Interesting wood hard to identify

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#5 posted 07-26-2009 08:45 PM

Yes, no doubt about it, definitely the rare and highly prized Dan Quale “potatoe” wood.

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 08:56 PM

”How about petrified sweet potato LOL”

LOL…beat me to it..I was thinking the same thing as I looked at the pics.

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 09:13 PM

It sure DOES look like a potato. I’d like to see a scraped off section as well….

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#8 posted 07-26-2009 09:30 PM

ok. I’ll see what I can do about more pix.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 07-26-2009 09:46 PM

Rick is making a little bowl out of the wood. Here are some photos

From unknown wood

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#10 posted 07-26-2009 11:40 PM

Debbie can’t tell you what wood it is but looking at the little bowl when you oil it its going to ping all over the place it’s going to look stunning can’t wait now LOL….........


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#11 posted 07-26-2009 11:48 PM

Looks like the root of a hardwood, what grows locally?

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#12 posted 07-27-2009 12:13 AM

Judging from your first pix, my most serious academic colleagues and I have painstakingly examined auntie’s stunning gift and our official conclusion: Giagantis Canine Bonea.

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#13 posted 07-27-2009 12:36 AM

we have everything here re: types of trees :)
Perhaps I’ll never know.

Canine Bonea…. Potato Wood.. yah.. that’s it :)

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#14 posted 07-27-2009 12:50 AM

“Elephant Leg Ivory”

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#15 posted 07-27-2009 12:53 AM

Was your cousin ever in the Navy? I think he may be the guy that stole my wooden leg. ARRRRGGGGHH!

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