Pink Maple?

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Blog entry by thecarpentershands posted 07-22-2012 11:36 PM 6175 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day i was driving along and saw a few big logs hangin out on the side of the road. From the road it looked like black locust but when i finally went and picked it up with my truck, it looked like some sort of apple wood. The wood was like a pinkish, red color. I was very excited to open the logs up and get some slabs out of it as I have been looking to make a natural edge bench. Upon slabbing the wood and finally planing it, I found that the wood had a grain reminiscent of maple. The bark also is reminiscent of maple. But the wood is pink! A co-worker of mine who has been doing woodwork for years said that it may be some sort of maple. There are carpenter ants inside which seem to have been making a home in there for quite some time. So I don’t know if there is any correlation between the ants and the color? The wood is also very dense and quite hard. Does anyone know what this wood may be or have any suggestions? Thanks and God bless. I will post some pictures as soon as I get some that are sufficient. Thanks again.

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 12:31 AM

Maybe the ants were doing some interior decorating?


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#2 posted 07-23-2012 12:49 AM

Could it be box elder?

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 01:12 AM

I’m with Scott, thinking maybe box elder too. It IS a type of maple and although it is sometimes just white, it can have anywhere from blood red streaks to large areas of lighter red tint so it sounds possible. The red is usually in the center, but if the tree is damaged in any way, it may become more red around the damaged area.

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 02:16 AM

If there is a picture with this, I cannot see it.. Box elder can have very red to pink wood.

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 02:40 AM

Thanks guys! I will look into it and I will put some pictures up asap! I was actually doing some reading about box elder the other day and i read that it is a very brittle wood, and the wood I have is very dense. We will solve this mystery! Thanks again and God bless.

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#6 posted 07-23-2012 09:03 PM

Pics would definitely help.

If you thought apple and then found pink, could it be pear? It has a pink tinge.

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