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#1 posted 11-01-2018 11:39 AM

my buddy says it smells cedar-ish… I ve got a lousy sense of smell so i don t know. This is a barn that was built by the Amish in the Iowa/Illinois part of the country if that helps at all.

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Well, I don’t know what it would be doing in that part of the country…...but it sure sounds and looks exactly like cypress to me. Does this wood kind of have a oily or sticky feel to it? Does it also have a kind of shiny looking surface? Are there or were there any covered bridges around the area at one time? Could have been reclaimed and used when they did away with such structures?
In my area all the wood used in the light houses on the Chesapeake Bay was cypress. It was brought in and used because it doesn’t much rot. Same with many covered bridges and in general anything that had to be built around water. I was lucky to get some old saved beams here and it looks just like that.

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