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07-13-2020 12:14 AM

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Hello all! This is my first post and question on LJ. I want to try my hand at air drying my own lumber. I was just given some small (6” Dia.) logs and these are the leaves and nuts of them. Could anyone help me identify it? I thought black walnut at first but the inner core or non-sap wood does not look like it.

-- Anthony, Fayetteville, GA. Exodus 25:10 "They shall make an ark of acacia wood..."


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#1 posted 07-13-2020 12:31 AM

Looks like the butternut

https://foxrivervalleynursery.com/American-Butternut-Tree_p_18.html

-- A practicing woodworker sounds a lot better than a practicing MD

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#2 posted 07-13-2020 08:58 AM

Look up the app iNaturalist

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 07-13-2020 11:42 AM

Based upon the shape of the leaf and the nut, I would say some sort of hickory. I’ve never seen one in person but I think that the butternut nut is more oblong. Also, if there are some nuts laying around without the husks on them from last year, butternuts shells are very rough while hickory nuts are usually smooth. Pictures of the bark on the trunk of the tree can help too.

EDIT: I forgot to ask where you live. Butternut doesn’t normally grow in most of the deep southern states.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 07-13-2020 01:09 PM

Shagbark hickory. The husks of the nuts come off in pieces. I have butternut and black walnut in my yard, totally different. Save the dust and chips for the grill or smoker. Beautiful wood, and it’s tasty too!

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#5 posted 07-13-2020 01:25 PM

If you are cutting with a chainsaw, I would not use that saw dust to grill or smoke food. Too much chain oil mixed in.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 07-13-2020 02:19 PM

I don’t see any wood. I call it Alder the mystery wood.

-- Aj

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#7 posted 07-13-2020 03:21 PM

Definitely don’t use chain saw chips. But all other chips and scraps of hickory from the shop are great. I guess I don’t think of a chain saw as a shop tool.

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#8 posted 07-13-2020 07:23 PM



Shagbark hickory. The husks of the nuts come off in pieces. I have butternut and black walnut in my yard, totally different. Save the dust and chips for the grill or smoker. Beautiful wood, and it s tasty too!

- ibewjon

I agree about it being Hickory because of the husks. If they come off in football-shaped pieces like I think they do from the picture, you’ve got Hickory.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#9 posted 07-13-2020 10:26 PM

Thank you all for the ideas. I was leaning toward a hickory or butternut as well.

~Lazyman, I live about 20 miles south of Atlanta.

I do agree with not using the chips from the chainsaw. That would not have crossed mind. Smoking ‘em would just be butt abuse.

-- Anthony, Fayetteville, GA. Exodus 25:10 "They shall make an ark of acacia wood..."

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#10 posted 07-14-2020 02:56 AM

Or use peanut oil in the saw oil tank.

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#11 posted 07-14-2020 03:08 AM

In Atlanta, its definitely got to be a hickory. I don’t think that butternut naturally grows that far south.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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