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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies so far and the sites that have been provided.

Bobj3, yes it is a bit of a root ball. The main thread for this project is under
Jigs and Fixtures - Large router sled.

Del, not butternut as we dont have that here, elm in very very limited quantities. There was no smell either when I routed the top or did any sanding.

Upstream of where I retrieved this piece the river runs through millions of acres of softwood such as fir, pine,cedar, spruce. Mixed amongst this are aspens, cottonwood, and there are some lowland valley farms which could have anything planted on their banks.

Dovetail has kindly offered to examine a piece of this driftwood and provide a scientific identification. So thanks all for now and we will await Dovetails results which will be posted on the original thread for the project.
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Well I started this thread over a year ago and still havent identified the driftwood. I mailed off a package to Dovetail 65 and havent heard from him since. No reponse to any of my PM's either. Does anyone know what might have happened to him.

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Pete; knowing exactly where you picked it up would be extremely helpful; altitude and very accurate location are critical! As you know the local flora changes dramatically between Hope and Princeton, for example, even though they're relatively close together.
Huge difference in Summer/Winter temperatures, and Hope is in a high precip area while Princeton is almost desert. Your guess of Alder or Cottonwood makes sense as the original plant obviously grew close to a stream. Sumac, not so much. Don't forget, it could also be from a large shrub!
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Does your coloration/staining look anything like in these pics? If it does then you likely have a chunk of beetle killed pine, euphemistically marketed as 'Denim pine'.
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With the vast areas of BC decimated by the pine beetle, finding streams clogged with bits of dead pine trees will come as no surprise.
Other than that inspired guess, I'm out of ideas.
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Hi Dan, I picked this up in the Christian Valley just north of Westbridge. I don't think its denim pine but i will bring a piece down with me this week and see what you think.
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Hi Dan, I picked this up in the Christian Valley just north of Westbridge. I don't think its denim pine but i will bring a piece down with me this week and see what you think.
'Morning, Pete; I looked at a Google Earth view...
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Looks like a lot of logging and reforestation going on(?). If it were me, I'd ask one of the Foresters working the projects in that area; this time of the year they must be everywhere! If a guy that spends his whole working life tramping around in the bush couldn't tell me, I'd just call it a day...
The main reason I suggested the beetle killed pine, was your first comment about the 'purple' streaking. That staining is pretty incriminating. Also, Pine is a very dominant species in the Kettle Valley.
Pete, I don't make any claims to be an authority on wood species, just the construction varieties up here. Remember, as I mentioned earlier, it could also be a big shrub, not a tree.
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Good idea, I know a couple of loggers in the area, I just have to hang around the pub and they will show up. Geez I hate it when that happens.
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Pete; I don't know what happened to my previous/last comment but I found out what it (the driftwood) is.
Coincidentally with our 'chat' we had a visitor to dinner, turns out he's a a Forester working out of Cranbrook. As soon as I queried him, and mentioned the purple streaking, he identified it as Rocky Mountain Juniper. He's also a woodworker and has used it in projects. Quite liked working with it, and had definitely seen it growing in the Rock Creek and Christian Valley areas.
Species: Juniperus scopulorum
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Now this 1 is really a hard 1 to guess by those images.
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