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Forum topic by Circleswoodshop posted 07-29-2013 12:21 AM 1124 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2013 12:21 AM

Last fall I found two rather large pieces of of wood at a firewood lot. The guy there didn’t know what type of tree it was, just saying that it grows down by the river. I live in northern Nevada, Reno. We only have one river, the Truckee and its more of a creek. Anyway the wood looks like walnut to me, but you never see walnut growing here! Regardless, I paid the guy $20 bucks an had him help me load them in my car. The tree was green, it still had leaves on it. I dropped them off at a buddies house, sealed the ends and left them alone.

Flash forward to today. I pulled them out and used his really nice big bandsaw to slice it up. Here is a pix of one of the book matches I found inside. The wood is still a but wet inside so I rough planned some it it, sealed the ends, stacked and stickered them. I can’t wait till they are dry!

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 01:26 AM

I can not begin to guess what it is. I don’t know what is indigenous to your area.
To me it looks like some well figured Black Walnut.
Good luck.
The rest of these guys should be better help.

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 02:35 AM

It really looks like nicely figured walnut to me also, actually it looks a lot like the walnut that I used for a buffet table for my girlfriend. Scoops of questions to help answer this. Was the wood pleasantly fragrant while milling, and was there a fair color distinction between the sap and heart wood?

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 02:42 AM

Yea! I think that is walnut . Looks nice.

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 03:13 AM

Walnut is a wood that I work with very often. Working the wood it smells at times like walnut and at times it does not. I wonder if it is because it still has a high moisture content. Walnut does not grow in northern Nevada, often. I have heard of some rare trees here. They guy at the lot swore that it was not walnut. I could kick myself for not saving the leaf that was on it!

I have those two panels that are about and inch thick. Then one more that is about three inches thick. All with the same figure. I then have one more that I was unable to cut into boards, the left overs, it’s a block that is about 4”x4”about 15” or so.

Now I just need to figure out what to so with them when they dry. Door panels maybe? Two arms for a chair? Or the final is firewood when I ruin them.

-- The one thing about time is that time is always on time.

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 03:23 AM

Part of me wants to say cottonwood because that is a common tree that grows in riparian areas through out the west. But it doesn’t look like cottonwood. Could it be spalted? In any case that is some awesome crotch feather figure to that wood.

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 03:27 AM

Walnut was my first thought.

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 03:37 AM

I thought cottonwood as well. Google “cottonwood lumber”. And there is a chance that could be it, if it dries lighter and the plain wood matches in appearance. Cottonwoods grow along the water.

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