Hickory, Cherry, Chokecherry?

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Forum topic by IowaWoodcrafter posted 01-04-2008 06:31 AM 1305 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2008 06:31 AM

I was given this log and so far the person giving it to me has said that it was cherry, no it’s chokecherry, and now says it is hickory. I have no clue what it is. I’m getting two more logs of the stuff regardless. I don’t know if I should paint the ends and wait a year or cut it up, sticker it and let it sit. Any suggestions? Can you identify the type of wood?

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 06:40 AM

I would say Choke Cherry but it’s larger than the ones we have here in New Mexico.I’m not a sawmill guy but I would say better to cut up,seal ends.sticker and let it dry that way.I have heard generally a year for every inch thickness

-- Scott NM,

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 02:42 AM

Looks like a nice saw log. I don’t know about the species but I would seal the ends then cut, sticker and dry, I wouldn’t wait if you don’t need to. Thats the order I use and this will minimize the checking and splitting. This prepares the wood for use in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of loss to defects. Here is more information on drying and cutting.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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