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Forum topic by ErikF posted 01-25-2015 10:39 PM 1219 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2015 10:39 PM

I’ve seen a few post on here about this wood but I thought I would post these pictures to see what you all think. I have the opportunity to get my hands on a good amount of this wood which is being sold as American chestnut. The tree was growing in northern michigan in an area where there are a few surviving trees out of the native range, because of this they have avoided some of the blight. I got a few pieces from him to have verified. What do you guys think? Endgrain looks spot on as does the board itself. It is a female tree and was supposedly taken out by a windstorm a few years ago on this guys family property.

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#1 posted 01-25-2015 11:09 PM

I’ve had so little exposure to it, that I’m not sure. If not chestnut, possibly elm. Either way, it’s beautiful stuff…I’d get as much of it as I could.

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 11:40 PM

It could be chestnut.

Does it have any smell?
Your pics look similar to catalpa.

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 01:21 AM

I think you can Google it?

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 02:02 AM

I think the most important thing a woodworker can have is wood ;-)

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 02:06 AM

In my limited exposre to it (old tool boxes, mostly) I’d say it is chestnut.

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#6 posted 01-26-2015 02:30 AM
I would go with it being Chestnut and grab all that I could : )

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#7 posted 01-26-2015 04:11 PM

I am building a piece of furniture out of very old chestnut right now and this looks very much like the whatt I am working with. I believe that it must be shestnut.

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