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Oak i.d.?

Both of these trees have been called "red oak" but are clearly different species. I know there are a million varieties but can anyone help me narrow it down? They came from N Texas.
They both have 1 coat of tung oil based finish.
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Think you have two different Oaks, just not sure what to tell you.

There is a close relationship between Texas Red Oak and Shumard Oak. This has caused many botanical classification problems. The two trees may be listed as two separate species in some manuals, while list Texas Red Oak as a variety of Shummard Oak.

http://texastreeid.tamu.edu/content/listOfTrees/index.aspx
http://texastreeid.tamu.edu/content/listOfTrees/index.aspx
http://texastreeid.tamu.edu/content/TreeDetails/?id=104

Unless seen the tree growing not sure how to tell the difference. Characteristics of wood can vary from one part of a tree to the next. Many factors can affect color of wood from same tree mineral content from ground just one of many.
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I can't help with the species but I must say that they are beautiful.
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Definitely different wood just by the bark. Either way it's great looking wood. Really nice bowls. Nice job


To turn natural edge bowls do you have to turn the wood when it's green so the bark stays on? I've only made 1 real small one out of ash
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I think there are about 28 varieties of Oak. I went to a seminar one day on tree identification. The guy said, there are 28 varieties of Oak. by the time they cut them down and load them on the truck their down to about 5. by the time they get milled and get to you they are either Red oak or White oak. so I can't be of much help but they probably are different species.
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To turn natural edge bowls do you have to turn the wood when it's green so the bark stays on? I've only made 1 real small one out of ash
Those two logs were freshly cut but I have made some from logs that had been laying around a few months and they turned out fine. I've heard that wood harvested in the winter tends to hang on to the bark a little better than in spring or summer.
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the left one look`s like white oak to me an the right one looks like black oak.don`t know for sure .
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