|Forum topic by Tony||posted 08-20-2009 07:00 PM||3341 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-20-2009 07:00 PM
I have a couple of Elm sticks I harvested from an overgrown hillside about a year ago. I remember at the time thinking the trees were Siberian Elm, based on the leaves. As I recall, the leaves were much smaller than you’d typically find on Slippery or American Elm. The trees were small, and growing abundantly on the hillside. I wish I had taken pictures, because I stripped and discarded the bark immediately after harvest. I do remember the bark peeled easily. There was no sign of Dutch Elm Disease.
Now I’m not completely sure of the identity, other than they are definitely in the Elm family. I’ve ruled out American Elm. The wood is ring porous, with the characteristic wavy bands in the latewood. The earlywood is 3-4 pores wide. The pores are very small, and unable to be seen without a magnifying glass. The sapwood has a yellowish tinge.
I have both of Hoadley’s books, and have spent a lot of time scouring the Internet for clues. I like to use a woodburner to inscribe the exact genus and species on the walking sticks I make, but I may have to settle for the generic “Ulmus, Elm” on this one.
Any tips or hints?