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Could this be Chestnut?

by Tinman73
posted 11-11-2018 12:39 AM

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 03:50 AM

You really have a better chance of identifying your log then anyone. Look at the trees in the area what’s been there in the past.
Guys that go looking for sinker to pull from rivers should know.
To me it looks like popler or cypress but maybe after 100 years soaking in the minerals of mud everything will look the same?
So that’s my guess from a thousand miles away.
Good Luck

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#2 posted 11-11-2018 04:31 AM


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#3 posted 11-11-2018 06:43 PM

Yeah my guess was Walnut I know it’s not Cypress but it doesn’t look like the Walnut logs I have been getting, its

much older. had a couple people tell me it could be Chestnut.where I live used to be the Mississippi River so no telling where they came from. And I have pictures and video of Everything I pull up.

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#4 posted 11-11-2018 06:46 PM

This is a piece of Walnut I cleaned up

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#5 posted 11-11-2018 10:36 PM

The picture of walnut kind of looks like poplar with the purple-black coloring. Also kind of looks like butternut where it is not stained.

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#6 posted 11-11-2018 11:24 PM

It’s not ,I put a clear coat of polyurethane on it.

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#7 posted 11-14-2018 12:14 PM

Looks like rainbow poplar to me too.

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#8 posted 11-14-2018 08:43 PM

No way. That’s a tree. Chestnuts are much smaller, brown and are found in a nasty little burr.


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#9 posted 11-19-2018 03:33 AM

Bark and leaves are the best way to identify a tree. Without one (or both) it’s really an educated guess. I have a slab of american chestnut in my garage that came out of a barn on the east coast. I only bought it because it still had the bark and could be identified. You might be able to help build a case for it’s species if you were to cut it open to show the color and grain.

American chestnut is mostly available these days via barns where it’s either been ‘rediscovered’ or was used in original construction. There are only a few known (thousands out of what was billions of trees) American Chestnuts still living. Most trees that people think are American Chestnut are Chinese Chestnut or Beech. It grew in the northeast and central atlantic states, so the further you are from there the less likely it is to be American Chestnut.

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