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I cut this piece off a blowdown across a farmer's fence last week. Been dead for quite a while, but looks like it contains some spalting? Maybe elm?

Wife put a coat of Anchorseal on it, didn't know that stuff really showed the grain. It goes on milky white.

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do you have a picture of the bark?
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Just took these pics of the bark of two other pieces, not real sure of species...

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The bark looks like persimmon, but not the wood so much ? You stumped me. I think elm would have further apart growth rings (unless this is a limb). I am going through my memory of midwest trees with "blocky" bark and there are few elms. If is was persimmon it would be noticeably heavier than your average chunk-o-wood.

I just chimed in to say...I don't know (yeah I know, big help ). But will be watching for others ideas, I'm curious.

Ash maybe ?



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I am stumped!!! may help us if you tell us the region you found this at?
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Looks like Bois De Arc, or what we IL farmers called hedge.
Is it pretty heavy and HARD?
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From the photo the bark resembles or looks like Sourwood to me? Not sure if you have Sourwood in your area?
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Just took these pics of the bark of two other pieces, not real sure of species...
hackberry?? If so cut off a cookie and we can see the grain .
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If you use your imagination, can anyone see Red Oak? I know it's a stretch, but kind of like one I found with some decay. Does RO spalt? Second picture mainly.
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Does RO spalt?

Yes it does, I have seen a lot of spalted red oak.







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Not Persimmon, definitely not Bois d' Arc. Don't believe that is Red Oak bark. My guess is Blackjack Oak.







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Thanks, guys for the replies.

I was guessing elm because it looks like an outer bark mess made by elm bark beetles. it's still a mystery to me, didn't really have an identifying smell, either. About average weight for a piece this size, but not as dense or heavy as white oak. Got plenty of that for comparison.

Did a Google image search for 'elm bark', didn't really come to a conclusion. If it warms up next week, I'll try to take some pics roughing it out on the lathe.

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If you can show us a leaf that would almost certainly solve it. Even a dried shriveled one will do it. Wherever the tree was felled there should be a preponderance of one type of leaf. If you can see other of the same type of tree/s nearby you can definitely be sure you're collecting the correct leaves because there should be a few stubborn twigs that didn't let go of their branch.



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Well, if it ain't hard and heavy, it ain't "Bodark".
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