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two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby hyperion » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:06 pm

but its free if any one wants to pick it up!

it was given to me as oak to be made into a table, but it aint oak and its pretty plain and boring so unless any one wants it its going to the tip as i dont have a burner

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pic of the bark might help with id
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby robin wood » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:46 pm

Looks like ash to me and perfect wood for a table but if not then ideal for a shaving horse bed or whatever.
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby hyperion » Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:27 pm

i think it may be rowan, just been having a play around with it and its got orange rays through the grain and is very very soft
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby FGYT » Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:38 pm

if it is Rowan i would be interested

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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby hyperion » Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:49 pm

ive no idea what it is Duncan im waiting on so pics of the wood pile it came out of when i get the email ill post them on here and see if any one can id it
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby robin wood » Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:01 pm

I still think it is ash, the ring porous end grain shot, the pink in the freshly cut side face where the sap is oxidising, the ridged bark all point toward ash. If I could smell it I would tell you for sure. Bark varies with age and around the country but I don't think that bark could be rowan.
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby hyperion » Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:11 pm

well here are the pics of the wood pile but im still none the wiser! :?
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the two bits ive got are the bottom three feet of the thinner log on top
where ive put the plane over it the wood has turned a light pink
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby FGYT » Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:30 pm

dont think Rowan trees get that big :(

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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby Donald Todd » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:32 pm

Not Rowan. It's not that soft and rarely that straight. I would guess Elm if the rings are very distinctive. How are the buds/ branches arranged, in opposing pairs (Ash or Maple) or in a line along one side (Elm)? If its Elm grab it: good for seats!
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby Donald Todd » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:44 pm

Don't know why I can't edit that last b…… post!
There looks to be a lot of "wind" in the log; that and the colour also suggest Elm. Try cleaving a small piece: a ragged cleft would be Elm.
If a fresh cut surface goes orange overnight, then it would be Gean (alternate branches), but the rings aren't very distinctive in this. A really good close up of the ring pattern would help. However, the bark doesn't look right for Gean. There seems to be quite a variation in the hardness of various cherry woods.
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby Bob_Fleet » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:22 pm

Rowan has a darker heartwood and light sapwood.
Pretty rare that size too.

I had some alder which oxidised to that outside colour but don't think that's it either.
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby RichardLaw » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:37 pm

I'd say sweet chestnut, but only if it makes your tools black, and they make the wood black.
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Re: two large lumps of i dont know what it is

Postby hyperion » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:41 pm

RichardLaw wrote:I'd say sweet chestnut, but only if it makes your tools black, and they make the wood black.


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