What wood is this?

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What wood is this?

Post by Mike_5 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:36 am

I came to own this wood offcut, it smells herbal when cutting in to it, but the wood still contains a bit of moisture.

I believe the wood came from around a canal area. I think it might be hardwood as I cannot indent it easily and it is a beast to cut through.
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Re: What wood is this?

Post by Mike_5 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:30 am

No guesses?

I tried to do the gov website to ID, but it starts at what type of leaf does it have, and they have all fallen off!

The conclusion I was trying to reach was seeing what the wood would be okay for use in.

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Re: What wood is this?

Post by promhandicam » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:49 am

looks like firewood to me.

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Re: What wood is this?

Post by Doug » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:49 pm

Looks like softwood, split it down the middle & see what it looks like though I'm guessing Steve may well be right

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Re: What wood is this?

Post by Mike_5 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:45 pm

Well that would be a pity, although summer is coming along and it might make a fine BBQ!

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Re: What wood is this?

Post by Mike Jordan » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:29 am

It looks like Alder to me. Lots of them grow by the waterways. Good for next to nothing but firewood after being split and dried for a year or two.

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Re: What wood is this?

Post by Mike_5 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:28 am

Thanks, yeah I haven't done anything with it. I'll probably take my log splitter to it closer to the Spring.

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Re: What wood is this?

Post by senior » Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:33 pm

looks like elm to me, especially if it's nice and dense, hard to cut.
Looks exactly like my dead elms in my garden hedge.
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Re: What wood is this?

Post by bourbon » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:58 am

Mike Jordan wrote:It looks like Alder to me. Lots of them grow by the waterways. Good for next to nothing but firewood after being split and dried for a year or two.
Alder? good for nothing? What about the soles on medieval patterns?, eating bowls made on a pole lathe? All woods have a use and not just firewood. I'm sorry but my knowledge of trees without leaves is very limited but as has been said before, The log looks like softwood to me. Leaves would be good. Any old ones in the area?

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Re: What wood is this?

Post by Mike Jordan » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:02 pm

I'm knocking on a bit but medieval? The dust from Alder is rated as an irritant so I don't fancy food bowls made of it, but it's fair comment to say that most timbers have uses other than as firewood. It's a matter of whether the preparation and carefull drying time is worth the effort.

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Re: What wood is this?

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Re: What wood is this?

Post by siafins » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:32 pm

Alder was my first guess as well to be honest.

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