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Offline Glenn1

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A New Wood for me to sell
« on: June 26, 2017, 04:02:55 pm »
In a shipment of Walnut, I received three of these butt logs.  We determined that it is Sassafras although it must be on steroids as they are normally small trees.  These had slabs cut that were over 20" wide.  When dry, it was 1/2 the weight of walnut but the grain pattern is beautiful.

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Re: A New Wood for me to sell
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2017, 04:33:35 pm »
Choice sassafras like that is an outstanding cabinet wood or for interior trim. Exterior for that matter as it can be fairly rot resistant [the heart wood].  I used to favor it for making canoe paddles if straight grained.

The tree is totally capable of getting to modest log size under good circumstances.

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Re: A New Wood for me to sell
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2017, 04:45:48 pm »
In the midwest it was used for split rails. Logs are easy in Appalachia, since you are around NC get up to Linville Falls parking lot there is a trail to the falls overlook, you'll see 20" sassafras straight as a pole. 

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Re: A New Wood for me to sell
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 06:24:27 am »
Sass is on of our best sellers, and many carpeners get hooked on it once they use it.  It has a heavy grain pattern like oak but has a chatoyance that few other species have.  It may develop a very slight greenish tint when finished with oil, and is the number one wood of choice for porch furniture because of it's natural insect and rot resistance.  It's is perfect for Adironack style chairs, where many people dislike using ERC.  It's also easy to dry in 8/4.  About the only critter that will chew in it are the big black carpenter ants, (sometimes ambrosia beetles also), and it eventually causes heart rot which takes years to happen.  Before it rots away, it will develop beautiful heavy black streaks and is locally is known as "blackheart sassafras."

We get some pretty big trees around but 20" boards are extremely rare here.

I noticed that the wood in picture doesn't have the characteristic orange inner bark like the ones here.  It will also smell strongly of root beer or sassafras tea, when fresh cut. 
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