what wood is this?

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Project by goppetto posted 04-05-2010 02:54 AM 2939 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

im sorry this is not a project more of a question. I tried to down load pictures using the blog or the forum site. I couldn’t figure it out. so does any one know what type of wood this is? i found a couple of logs in my grandparents backyard that seemed pretty cool. If any one can help thanks.

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 03:00 AM

It’s hard to tell by these photos. I would suggest going to a local sayer or lumberyard and ask them if they can ID it.

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 03:03 AM

I had the same problem the other day. Some guy laid into me about not posting a project. If it was easier to post pics I wouldnt have put it here. Isnt this site about a voice of wood and working it? Wish I could help you on the wood. Good lluck.


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#3 posted 04-05-2010 03:20 AM

That looks like it might be Avocado… I’ve been turning quite a bit of it lately.

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 03:23 AM

its a little dark, but how about butternut?

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 03:26 AM

looks like redwood or red cedar


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#6 posted 04-05-2010 04:14 AM

I dont think its avacado since I basically live in a desert. not redwood i have some of that which he just cut down. Cedar it doesn’t smell like pencils when cut. eucalyptus i dont think it interlocks but i’ve never worked with it before. he does have a down cotton wood tree im thinking of seeing what it will look like. It might be a sycamore but i dont know. butternut? dont have a clue.

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#7 posted 04-05-2010 04:39 AM

Looks like Hickory to me.

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 04:59 AM

Looks like Mulberry to me. And if it is you got some great turning wood. Makes beautiful bowls. My second guess would be eucalyptus.

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 05:02 AM

i was going with cherry on the first 2 ,

and oak on the last 2 .

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#10 posted 04-05-2010 05:03 AM

It looks like Mixlacian to me.

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#11 posted 04-05-2010 05:04 AM

If the tree was growing there in Bakersfield, it’s likely a eucalytpus. Lots of euc there. Have you noticed them growing all up and down 99 (spent 4 years there – 2000-2003)?

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#12 posted 04-05-2010 06:06 AM

the grain looks a bit like some sort of cedar…
but I don’t know much about this sort of thing

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#13 posted 04-05-2010 06:18 AM

I am going to go with Cherry

As in the orchard cherry tree, but its hard to tell in the pictures. Also larger cherry logs tend to be hollowed out as they age due to disease, rot ect. What did the rest of the log look like?

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#14 posted 04-05-2010 07:03 AM

im unable to put any additional pictures in here. I was trying to show some end grain to figure out this mystery, but im starting to think it is eucalyptus. It could be hickory aswell thanks to Tony S refence.
Thanks to all.

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#15 posted 04-05-2010 09:09 AM

Cedar is real soft and hickory is hard. Try the finger nail or screw driver test to see how soft or hard it is. If that’s bark on the tree then it’s not cedar.

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