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post #1 of 12 Old 11-18-2017, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Wood ID?

What kind of wood is this?

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-18-2017, 03:21 PM
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Looks like rotten wood to me. What part of the country is it in? The bark has the look of birch or aspen.
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Chris,
Thatís firewood!
Looks like cut from Maples.

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Yes, it is firewood. It is in Maryland, near DC. And yes, it is starting to rot.

I was just curious what type of tree it came from.

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Yes, it is firewood. It is in Maryland, near DC. And yes, it is starting to rot.

I was just curious what type of tree it came from.
It would help if you could rip one down the middle and send the edge over a jointer so you could see what the actual wood looks like. Trying to ID a log is very difficult at best. You kind of need to see the whole tree and what kind of leaves it has on it to ID.
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It would help if you could rip one down the middle and send the edge over a jointer so you could see what the actual wood looks like. Trying to ID a log is very difficult at best. You kind of need to see the whole tree and what kind of leaves it has on it to ID.

Man I was all set to be impressed with you're answer Steve! I figured you was some kind of, "Wild Wood Karnac The Magnificent".
But hell you asked for everything but a DNA test and a Drivers License!

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my guess is quaken aspen.
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Man I was all set to be impressed with you're answer Steve! I figured you was some kind of, "Wild Wood Karnac The Magnificent".
But hell you asked for everything but a DNA test and a Drivers License!
Sorry but my experience with wood is with lumber, not trees. Determining what kind of wood with anyone is usually a matter of looking at the wood, the bark and the leaves which were on the tree. The leaves are an invaluable clue as a lot of different trees have similar wood but the leaves have different shape. For example on my place I have three different kind of oak trees. The red oak has pointed leaves, the white oak has rounded leaves and the black jack oak has huge leaves.

In your case the wood looked like birch or aspen to me but if it's in Maryland area that probably rules that out. Unless someone has planted the trees it's unlikely found there. Maybe a pear tree. They have paper like bark.
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I guess I was hoping that someone would be able to say, "from the bark, I can tell that it is from a _____ tree." Oh well, no big deal. I was just curious.

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Thatís firewood!
Looks like cut from Maples.
Exactly my first thought. And not very good firewood at that.

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Exactly my first thought. And not very good firewood at that.

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Yeah. It's like 6 years old and starting to deteriotate/rot.

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Sorry but my experience with wood is with lumber, not trees. Determining what kind of wood with anyone is usually a matter of looking at the wood, the bark and the leaves which were on the tree. The leaves are an invaluable clue as a lot of different trees have similar wood but the leaves have different shape. For example on my place I have three different kind of oak trees. The red oak has pointed leaves, the white oak has rounded leaves and the black jack oak has huge leaves.

In your case the wood looked like birch or aspen to me but if it's in Maryland area that probably rules that out. Unless someone has planted the trees it's unlikely found there. Maybe a pear tree. They have paper like bark.

I was going for a laugh Steve, not an explanation. What you had to say was plenty valid, I was just swinging at the low hanging fruit, knowing full well I didn't have a clue what species it was.

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