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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 05-25-2012 11:49 PM 1934 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The owner insisted the is a Chinese Maple. I think it is Elm. Any sugge

stions? We’ll probably cut it next weekend.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 11:50 PM

I’m going to have to agree with elm:

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 11:50 PM



Some of the best mallet heads I ever made are from elm.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 12:09 AM

Since I had no idea what a Chinese maple looked like, I had to look it up. Not surprisingly, it looks similar to other maple trees. I did not have to look up elm trees, however, because my house was surrounded by them as a kid and they were the first trees I knew. I’m with you 100%. Elm.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 12:14 AM

Leaves look elm to me too.

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 12:31 AM

E L M !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 05-26-2012 12:49 AM

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 05-26-2012 12:50 AM

I agree, it’s definitely an Elm tree. The owner is probably thinking it’s a Snakebark Maple as the leaf shape and veining are somewhat similar, but I don’t think it’s hardy enough for SD, if that’s where this tree is.

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#8 posted 05-26-2012 01:05 AM

Having cleaned enough of those leaves out of the gutters over the years I agree its Elm.

Did you know that early English saling ships (around 1750 to 1800) specified Elm for the keel of the ship.? Also, early wooden buckets, especially those used in a dairy would have been made of Elm. The wood swells evenly when exposed to a wet environment.

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#9 posted 05-26-2012 01:19 AM

Thats Elm, no question, I just cut down a chinese maple at my brother-in-laws house, and that aint it,.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 05-26-2012 01:22 AM

Yep, that’s what my wife calls a “piss elm”. I’ve heard others use that term but not sure where it came from?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 05-26-2012 01:29 AM

gfadvm…. park your car under one for a few hours, day or night. You’ll find out.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#12 posted 05-26-2012 01:45 AM

Just be sure to keep some of the wood for turning!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#13 posted 05-26-2012 02:49 AM

Dallas-That’s what my wife said. I’ll take you alls word for it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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