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I was driving home from work one day, and a guy was cutting down a tree and giving the wood away. I thought I might be able to cut up the logs and use the wood one day in a project. I didn't think to ask him what kind of tree it was, so now I'm in the dark as to what it is. Can anyone give me a clue? I live in San Antonio, TX, if that's a clue. We have a bunch of live oaks here, but I'm not sure that's what this is.

Upon cutting initially, all the wood looked the same color as this (ignore the wooden sticker that's oriented horizontally, that's a pine scrap or something):


But, after a few minutes in the air, SOME of the pieces turned a mixed white and PINK color like here:






Here's a picture of some uncut pieces so you can see the bark.


Any ideas what I've got here? Thanks!
Alan
 

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Catalpa or Palowina I do believe. Google "Princess Tree" for more on the latter.

It ought to be fire resistant, being it was prized for dowry chests in Japan many yrs ago.
 

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Alan, show it to either your county extention agent or Texas Forrest Service. One of them will be able to tell you and, they are both easy to get in touch with in SA
 

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Thanks to everyone for the replies! I hope I can make something interesting with this wood when the time comes. I cut it up today with my brand new Rikon bandsaw and I didn't do that great a job. Some of the cuts were pretty wavy. I love this website!

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Alan, send 'em all to my address: I will analyze and let you know the common name and botanical name like jewelry box, ect ect….LOL just kidding Alan.
Seriously, they are beautiful wood - nice find.
 

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Thanks guys. I painted the log ends with old interior latex paint when I first got them. Will that work or do I need the special sealer paint people use specifically for this purpose? Thanks!

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I tried primer and paint before and had bad results. I got some special end grain sealer and it had a much better thick full solid coverage. No cracks so far after 6 months on some green 2" x 12" x 24" chunks.
 
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