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New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Richtea71 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:18 am

Hi I am new to the Bodgers,I was box & cabinet making for sometime. But now feel More at home with the whole Green woodworking approach. Good bye to the Power tools cannot wait to be honest.

I have been given some Logs, but before I do anything with it except the log burner, I would like to be able to identify it for safe spoon N bowls etc, Can you help me please, would hate to poison someone with a spoon I have made ....
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Re: New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Davie Crockett » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:50 pm

Hi Richtea and welcome to the forum.....It's Lime, (Tilia sp). I had a similar problem I.D.ing one of these for a winter tree ID trail. The "snakeskin" look is a giveaway but if you can get a twig, Identify it by it's buds...is the bud enclosed by 2 or more visible scales?...are the twigs cylindrical? If the answer to both questions is yes then it is lime.

Try to get hold of a Dichotomous guide which asks questions like the ones above you'll quickly get your eye in! (Ref: The Key to winter twigs by F.K.Makins 1945)
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Re: New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Richtea71 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:25 pm

Thank you Davie for advising me , that's great I forgot to say before when fresh cut it smells like curry (spicy) does that make sense...
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Re: New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Richtea71 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:46 pm

Does anyone think this could be Cherry Laurel,as if memory serves me right it was evergreen..... when it's cut it has a very strong smell could be slightly acrid / very strong spice, if anyone is near king's Lynn I can show you.Just Concerned
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Re: New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Davie Crockett » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:53 am

It's Lime/basswood...it is deciduous as there are leaf scars under the buds. Good for carving and takes great knife marks (Chip Carving) but soft and non durable for kitchen utensils.
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Re: New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Richtea71 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:14 pm

Thanks for your advice, and I am not doubting it, you are more knowledgeable then me for definite, but I have a feeling it is always in leaf....and definitely never flowered? And a really strong smell,I think I will just burn it all or take to the recycling centre....
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Re: New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Davie Crockett » Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:46 pm

Richtea...Noooo don't burn it! Can you get a leaf and post that? If it's cherry laurel it will be glossy... The wood will still make decent shrink pots/treen even if it is Cherry Laurel (Which as you've guessed I doubt). Lime flowers are very small but very sweet smelling and appear in May/June. http://www.ispotnature.org/node/4733
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Re: New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Richtea71 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:51 pm

Managed to get Two pics of the leaves as good as I could get in the rain....thanks for all the Help,

Do you think it looks like Bay I think it smells like Bay spicy
I have just ordered a Collins book on Trees.WH Smith have them on offer cheaper then Amazon
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Re: New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Simon Hartley » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:44 am

Richtea71 wrote:Thank you Davie for advising me , that's great I forgot to say before when fresh cut it smells like curry (spicy) does that make sense...I have snapped a picture of a Bud and the Twig is very slightly oval.
I will be searching for some books shortly to help with tree identification thanks


Is this from the same plant? Those black buds look like ash to me and they are totally different from the green twigs with foliage you posted later.
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Re: New Member- stuck,cannot identify wood help

Postby Richtea71 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:59 am

Blimey only just twigged, that sorry for that...I didn't notice at all thanks for letting me know I'll remove, but do you know what the Leaves etc are from???
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