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Help identifying wood
« on: October 01, 2016, 10:37:45 pm »
I purchased a couple loads of rather old logs from a land clearer/tree service in western Connecticut.  Figure I will saw what I can and the rest can go on the firewood pile.  There are 6 or so logs with this wood in one of the loads.  Wood is lighter in weight than normal ash, maple or oak we generally get around here.  Several logs have a rather severe sweep toward the end.  Sawing produces "strings" on the board edges even with a new blade.  Any help in identifying would certainly be appreciated.  I figure he might have thrown in a clump of mature weeping willow but I am not familiar enough with the wood to identify it.  Logs are all 12"- 22"in diameter.  Thanks for the help.

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Re: Help identifying wood
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2016, 10:48:50 pm »
Having trouble posting the pictures.  Will try again.....

  

  

 

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Re: Help identifying wood
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2016, 07:53:23 am »
First pic looks like ash.  Second pic looks like white pine. 
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Re: Help identifying wood
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2016, 09:02:34 am »
That second one.white pine? I sure don't want to question you,but,looks more like hemlock.
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Re: Help identifying wood
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2016, 07:21:04 am »
Wouldn't argue with the hemlock.  The second pic is definitely a softwood. 
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Re: Help identifying wood
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2016, 01:42:13 pm »
Thanks for responding.  Both boards are from the same log; Sap wood and heart wood.  The log is another that appears to be the same. Could certainly be hemlock in this area.  It appears to have been a dead tree that they cut as these logs are definitely older than the rest of the load.  No decay or staining which surprised me.  And the lumber has a definite unpleasant odor; in fact it stinks pretty badly compared to other wood.  I don't normally cut soft woods so I am at a total loss when I run into the occasional one.

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Re: Help identifying wood
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2016, 09:13:12 am »
I would dare say that you sawed some ash. I have sawed ash and have seen the same feathers on the edge of the board you speak of.