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poplar question
« on: October 23, 2016, 06:11:25 am »
Some poplars have the dark streak in the center of the log and others are white all the way threw. Is there anyway to tell before you cut the tree? Is the dark from minerals in the soil?
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2016, 11:51:54 am »
Any sign of damage to the tree might suggest dark streaks for water and contaminants.  I don't think you can predict mineral stain unless you have cut in close proximity and found the stain.
I have cut a lot of tulip poplar (yellow poplar) and have yet to see one white all the way through.  The heart is usually green or occasionally purple to red.
Aspen can be white all the way through.  Could you be referring to Aspen?
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2016, 04:56:02 pm »
I should of said with a wide dark area in middle of the log. I do see some lighter dark that I've cut. Yes tulip poplar.
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2016, 09:32:15 pm »
The heartwood of yellow poplar is usually green, but it can be multicolored with black, purple, vermilion, etc.  Many refer to this as "rainbow poplar".  What is the color of the wide dark area in the middle of the log?
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2016, 05:30:24 am »
I saw one this weekend up in the Mts of NC that looked like walnut inside with a wide sapwood on the edges. Looked really nice.
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2016, 05:49:50 am »
I've not saw much poplar and looked at a few boards that I saw a few months ago at a customers place. I guess I should of ask how to tell if the center area is real dark, my boards where light brown in the center but the one I looked at looked just like walnut in the center it was so dark.
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2016, 06:49:49 am »
it couldnt have been cottonwood could it ??? they are easy to confuse and the cottonwood will be that dark brown alot of the time but the smell should tell you the difference :)
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2016, 05:40:01 am »
He said poplar and it looked like poplar after looking closely. It was cut near the NC/TN line, I'm not sure if I've seen a cottonwood around here. If I did maybe I didn't know what I was looking at.
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2016, 06:49:11 am »
here is a couple of pics of cottonwood

  

 
i thought i had a pic of the lumber but i didnt see it in my gallery ::)
cottonwood is in the poplar family and are easy to confuse if you are not use to seeing both :)
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2016, 07:04:27 am »
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2016, 06:15:33 am »
I came right threw your area Frank, if I would of had your # I would of called. You know the guy I was looking at the slabs, Martin in Hendersonville.
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2016, 06:52:47 am »
here is a pic a some cottonwood lumber i cut yesterday 

 
it is not as dark as some but i think you can get an idea :)
does the dark poplar you were sawing have purple streaks in it ???
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Re: poplar question
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2016, 06:06:43 am »
What little poplar I've saw up was just light brown in the center. I found a large poplar yesterday that I might get and cut into slabs to see how it turns out.
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