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Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:54:30 pm »
New to this forum. I recently purchased an old log cabin from TN. and trying to identify the wood type of these logs.  Most are fairly heavy and the old bark is thin and "flakey".  The stack of logs in the last 3 or 4 pics are very light and solid.  Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 09:56:02 pm »
I can't upload the pics. Any suggestions?

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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 10:04:18 pm »
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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2017, 07:57:39 am »
Need close-up pics of the end grain.  Use a razor knife to make a clean slice on the end grain.  What I see in the pics of the logs with bark looks like beech. 
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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2017, 08:34:43 pm »
Here are pictures of the end grain. First pic is from the logs that has the smooth, thin bark.  The last two are
end grains from the lighter weight wood.  I used a 10X Bosch & Lomb magnifying glass and took these pictures with my cell phone.  Thanks WDH!






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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2017, 07:39:10 am »
I am sure that the first pic is beech.  Note the large medullary rays. 

The second pic looks like yellow poplar.  I see the marginal parenchyma that terminates the growth ring typical of yellow poplar and the magnolias.

The third pic looks like pine.  The latewood looks dark and dense, and I believe that I see resin canals that show up in the pic as little dots.
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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2017, 09:14:20 am »
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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2017, 03:40:06 pm »
Thanks for the info again WDH. I was hoping the last two pics would be American Chestnut :)....any chance of that? If not, do you
have any pictures of end grains for American Chestnut that you could share?

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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2017, 07:16:11 am »
http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/chestnut.htm

Here are some good chestnut pics.










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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
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Re: Help Identifying wood from Old Log Cabin
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2017, 02:36:10 pm »
Just looking, seems the old log cabin has had some reworking done.  First pic with bark retained couldn't be as old as the wood in the last pics, could it?  Which would explain the species variation that WDH indicates.  Good luck on reconstruction!