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I've made two turnings from this wood that was salvaged from a friends, neighbors, firewood pile. He had collected many blocks of similar size from a local central Indiana lumber mill, although I don't know which one.

Also in the pile were many blocks of red and white Oak. These are lighter in wieght, finer grained, and similar in color to white oak. I first thought poplar, spruce or willow, although I've not had my hands on the later two that I know of.

It's similar in texture to, and a little softer than maple or Cherry. Maybe slightly more open grain than those, but not nearly as much as Oak or even walnut.

The one distinctive aspect of this wood that might help to identify it is its smell when sawing or turning: To me, it reminds me of the smell of a dog coming in out of rain. That wet-dog smell… for lack of a better way to describe it.

I've posted picturs of the end grain and two sides, plus some with the unfinished block next to a couple finished turnings from other blocks.

I'd love to be able to put a name to this wood. Does anyone have any ideas what it might be?



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It looks like a Maple that I am currently using on my new bench base. From the looks of the bowls you turned from it, they came out beautiful. The grain really jumped right out, and has a nice figure.
The Maple I'm using for my bench base works really nice, and has stayed straight and true after milling up. I have let the wood rest between each operation. From the looks of things at this point I think this bench will be in the family for a number of generations. I made the bench top out of Ash it's 4" thick & 30" x 84" I figure that should be enough real estate to handle my bench needs. I'll just be glad to get it finished, everytime I turn around I'm having to put it aside to do something else.