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post #1 of 12 Old 03-17-2016, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Any idea of what kind of wood?

I know this is poplar, just not sure which variety because it was sourced from outside my region. The arborist had no clue, he just cuts lol.
Never seen it with the orange colour throughout.

Another thing that has me stumped are the dimples in the bark that look like bird peck but they grew into nodules in the sapwood layer that are darker and harder than the surrounding wood. Neat effect. Genetic mutation in the tree maybe?
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-17-2016, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a few pictures of the largest bowl that I roughed out today. It's 18" wide at the longest point and about 5" high.
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The bark looks like white poplar to me. There is no telling what caused the coloration. Wood can vary a great deal in appearance depending on what was in the soil where it grew. Perhaps someone buried some iron near where it grew.
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Looks like a type of white birch.
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Ok, thanks. This is poplar for sure. Stinks like regular poplar and from the odd chip that flew into my mouth, tastes like poplar too. Just the weird colour has me scratching my head.

Any ideas on the dimpling?
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It's Sugarberry, a relative of Hackberry. It also goes by numerous other local names like Texas Sugarberry and Southern Sugarberry. The sapwood is light yellow white colored and the heartwood is sometimes a variegated brown which is what the heartwood in your pieces pictured look like.

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Thanks Bill but Sugar berry doesn't grow in Ontario. Pretty sure it's a poplar. I'd recognize that smelly wood anywhere. It's just a very odd colour and I was hoping someone knew which variety it might be. The pictures are a bit deceiving as well due to various lighting. The wood is orange.
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Thanks Bill but Sugar berry doesn't grow in Ontario. Pretty sure it's a poplar. I'd recognize that smelly wood anywhere. It's just a very odd colour and I was hoping someone knew which variety it might be. The pictures are a bit deceiving as well due to various lighting. The wood is orange.

Then it's obviously Dunno wood ... at least, that is what folks in my club say. Dunno wood is unique in that its color can be almost anything and it can be heavy or light, hard or soft. :smile3:

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Check out this "poplar" page, best wood ID site I've found, by Paul Hinds
Stuff at the bottom is dark like that, tulip poplar, spalted poplar, rainbow poplar is gorgeous.
http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/poplar.htm
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I have turned a lot of apple that looks like this. It smells also.

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I will just have to label it "mystery meat" lol
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Got it figured out. This is a hybrid poplar (cross breed) and it definitely has bird peck.
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