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Be sure to look at multiple clues. One of the hickories (pignut, I think) has a bark that will be chocolate brown where it breaks from the tree and black oak has a distinctive yellow layer adjacent to the cambium.
Pig nut is often referred to as smooth bark .A local mill told be it makes the best lumber of the local hickories.Fact I just got through splitting about a cord and a half from a rather large smooth bark that had the top blown out of it .I saved the logs for lumber .
We're on the same page,same bark .Some logs can take weather,some cannot .Sugar maple ,hickory,black cherry ,walnut,red oak do not .White oak,ash ,black locust ,osage orange do .Fact in 1983-4 I cut into a cull log left from a cut from the late 30-early 40's white oak .The outside 3 inches had rot the inside was nice as can be .
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