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I have a question about "bear claw" spruce. Because I'll be asking the question in some emails, I've made a web page to show the pics that back up the question.

If you have, or have ever seen up close and personal, any "bear claw" spruce, I'd appreciate it if you would take a look:

http://www.phinds.com/spruce_question/
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Perhaps some research on wood structure.

Softwoods do not have the medullary rays characteristic and used in identification of hardwoods. The horizontal cells are not very prominent or visible.
A search for bear claw spruce shows several irregular marks in the wood surface. One site describes them as scars.
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Perhaps some research on wood structure.

Softwoods do not have the medullary rays characteristic and used in identification of hardwoods.
very good point ... means that spruce can't very well have the ray-associated spiky kind of indented grain. Good catch.

A search for bear claw spruce shows several irregular marks in the wood surface. One site describes them as scars.
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Yes, but you're talking about the face grain appearance ... I'm trying to find out about the end grain appearance.
 
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