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Wood ID Help

by Marcus
posted 02-11-2017 02:57 PM

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 03:29 PM

Gambel oak … perhaps (??) ... too bad you don’t have a leaf.

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#2 posted 02-11-2017 05:39 PM

Hard to identify from the bark alone unless you really know trees. Leaves are more reliable.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 02-11-2017 05:50 PM

agreed with both of you on the leaf issue…but those are pretty rare in February in Denver! I was also impressed at how cleaned whoever took this tree down was. I barely saw a chip of wood in the front yard.

Like Ron said, pretty certain its an oak, but not sure what variety

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#4 posted 02-12-2017 12:56 PM

I do not see the large rays characteristic of an oak. Looks like a hickory to me. A close-up of a clean slice of the end grain (use a razor knife) will confirm it. No rays will be visible to the naked eye with hickory. With oak, the rays will jump out at you.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#5 posted 02-12-2017 02:22 PM

The bark says walnut. You can scrape the bark and smell it.


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#6 posted 02-12-2017 03:12 PM

Some variety of Walnut was my first thought. Bark looks about right and walnut is pretty dense.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 02-12-2017 04:35 PM

Definitely not walnut, very familiar w/ slicing that up. Not the right color and definitely not the right smell. I thought hickory for a little bit, but I havent seen a hickory tree near that big anywhere around here (not much for big trees here in Denver!) and the color seems dark. A possibility for sure though!

Here are a couple pics of the lumber, just pulled them out of their soak in DNA. Also, a couple slices of walnut for comparison.

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