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post #1 of 23 Old 05-16-2011, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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wood ID please

It seems word is getting around the neighbours, "give Duncan a piece of tree and you get a bowl in return"

A couple of days ago I got home from work and found 3 short logs by the garage door ... yesterday I trimmed and cut out a blank, then got one bowl almost finished.

I have nothing but guesses as to what kind of tree this came from though -- it's about 6 inches diameter, kind of punky in places, and has a nice contrast between the sapwood and heartwood. (Most visible in the first pic, which has the corner of the trimming from the round blank I cut bottom-center of the photo.)

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It looks like pear or apple. Maybe bradford pear? Not sure, but it looks like some type of fruit wood to me.

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Based on the bark and the color of the wood in the middle picture I was going to guess crabapple, but that's just a guess. Phinds will probably know

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thanks for trying - crab apple is the most likely of these suggestions, I think (I doubt he would have felled a fruit tree)

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looks a lot like the cherry logs I have in the shop.
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looks a lot like the cherry logs I have in the shop.
thanks, cherry is also quite possible -- do you know if "choke cherry" (a name I'd never heard till I moved to this part of the world) looks similar?

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Oh, he felled the tree. I thought it may have gotten blown down in a storm.
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Oh, he felled the tree. I thought it may have gotten blown down in a storm.
good point -- that might be what happened, I didn't think of it

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Exclamation butternut

I don't want to disagree with any of the ideas already on this post, but if I were a betting man, I would sat Butternut.

I have worked this wood over the years and seeing the wide annular rings, and am reminded of several projects I've undertaken and have seen the same characteristics.

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Thanks, interesting idea -- I googled it, found this page with details and photos. Maybe you mean a different tree (common names are often regional) but this one has a bark pattern that doesn't match the logs I've got.

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it really looks to me like fruit cherry,but i usually seem to be wrong
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looks a bit like some kind of wild cherry, but that's hardly conclusive. Can you post a pic showing a larger area of flat cut grain?

Best bet is if you can find someone who can ID it from the bark, which seems distinctive (but I don't know squat about bark).

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Can you post a pic showing a larger area of flat cut grain?
sure thing - these pix show the face where I cut down the middle (bandsaw), the trimmings from around the bowl blank, and the turned bowl ...
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Yeah, that does look like wild cherry, but that mineral stain is something I haven't seen before in cherry, so I'm less sure. I think you can definitely rule out apple and pear but some other fruit tree is possible, as is the possibility of it not being a fruit tree at all.

It would still be great if someone recognized the bark.

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I will go with the wild cherry, mainly from the bark.

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That's a nice looking bowl by the way, it's got some real nice figure in the grain.

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I agree, certainly not pear or apple. I have also turned some cherry with that mineral stain. I'll say it is some kind of cherry.
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... that mineral stain is something I haven't seen before in cherry ...
some of that darkening -- specially around the knot in the bottom of the bowl -- is from the CA I dribbled onto it

thanks everyone, I'll go with (some variety of) cherry

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It seems word is getting around the neighbours, "give Duncan a piece of tree and you get a bowl in return"

A couple of days ago I got home from work and found 3 short logs by the garage door ... yesterday I trimmed and cut out a blank, then got one bowl almost finished.

I have nothing but guesses as to what kind of tree this came from though -- it's about 6 inches diameter, kind of punky in places, and has a nice contrast between the sapwood and heartwood. (Most visible in the first pic, which has the corner of the trimming from the round blank I cut bottom-center of the photo.)

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I didn't read any other post's yet. It look's like what i call wild cherry
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I don't want to disagree with any of the ideas already on this post, but if I were a betting man, I would sat Butternut.

I have worked this wood over the years and seeing the wide annular rings, and am reminded of several projects I've undertaken and have seen the same characteristics.

Have a day.......
I don't belive it is butter nut i have cut lot's of small and larg butter nut in Illinois . I have cut small wild cherry the bark look's like wild cherry .
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