We have some American chestnut in our woods in WV. Some of them get to around 12 - 14" DBH before they die. We have found a couple of the dead ones and milled them.
Recently the county cleared out a right of way in front of my house and I got a bunch of the logs. A lot of firewood and some saw logs. They took out a Chinese chestnut that my mother planted back in the 60's. I got one strait and one nicely curved saw logs out of it.
What I'm wondering is if the lumber is going to be similar or not to the American. Can a trained eye tell the difference? I'm not trying to fool anyone but I would like to make some nice mantles or bed frames out of it.
Here's a cross section of the American chestnut
and here's the Chinese.