Wood Identification

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Blog entry by WoodArtbyJR posted 09-16-2010 03:55 PM 12085 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK LJs, I need some help here. I went back to the barn where I got my Performax and picked up the clamps Ralph had. As I was leaving I walked by a wood pile and these two pieces were just laying on the ground. I kicked them over as asked what they were. He had no idea and said if I wanted them, they were mine. I was told by my wise old uncle one time, “NEVER PASS UP FREE WOOD”. So I threw them into the truck. I need help in trying to identifying them. The are local Pacific Northwest species.

I sanded the end grain a little. I am color blind but isn’t the unsanded endgrain orange? Orange Oasage? I feels very hard to the finger nail scratch test. Barbs – you just worked on some orange osage. Did it look like this?

This is the other piece. I sanded the end grain on this one too.

This is the long grain and I sanded it as well. It seams to have the straiations of the oak or ash family.

Here are 3 shots of the bark. Bark seems pretty thick. Looks like either a woodpecker or bugs have bored into the bark.

Hope my pics help you to help me ID these two.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 09-16-2010 08:28 PM

One thing I know about osage orange,it is very heavy in relation to its size. Even when dried. It is also very hard.
The first pic reminds me of mulberry, but I’m not sure it grows in your area.

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#2 posted 09-16-2010 09:01 PM

I haven’t the slightest clue but I sure am jealous. In coastal SC we only have one local choice; Pine.

-- Tom, MI, SC

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#3 posted 09-16-2010 10:44 PM

Tom – that pine you’ve got is bullet proof though.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 09-18-2010 12:02 AM

The 4th pic down has some characteristics of Madrone or maple or chinkapin(sp?) however the growth rings are too wide for Madrone or Maple. Chinkapin has different bark. I have seen White oak with bark like that but doesn’t have oak insides. now that I have everyone completely confused, I havent a clue. can I get some pics farther away?

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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