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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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I have a piece of wood that I picked up on the shore of one of our local rivers. There is no bark on it and obviously no leaves or needles to help me identify it. The outer part of the wood has turned gray with age. I sanded some of it off and the wood is a nice medium brown colour with some purple streaking. Can anyone tell me of any websites I could go to that might help me identify the species or any method that i can use with the limited information I have.
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I have a piece of wood that I picked up on the shore of one of our local rivers. There is no bark on it and obviously no leaves or needles to help me identify it. The outer part of the wood has turned gray with age. I sanded some of it off and the wood is a nice medium brown colour with some purple streaking. Can anyone tell me of any websites I could go to that might help me identify the species or any method that i can use with the limited information I have.
a guess Walnut for brown color but i don't belive purple streak's ? What kind of tree's in your area may be a clue? If you can post a close up pic of the color and a cut off end would help?

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The purple suggests Sumach or Jubiper.
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Sorry , I meant Juniper.
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I wish it was walnut, no we don't have much walnut in our area. Most of the Juniper in our area is very tight grained and the piece I have is not. I don't have enough posts yet to put any photos on this site so a few more and |I will. I suspect it is a softwood or a soft deciduous such as aspen or cottonwood which is what we have in abundance in Southern British Columbia. I will leave it until I can get the photos on and see what you think. Thanks
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Here are some photos of the grain of the piece and the colouring of one of the roots. This piece is a stump with roots and there are rocks intertwined amongst the roots. I picked it up on the bank of one of our rivers.
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That's going to be a hard one I think, it looks like a root ball or what's left of one..

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Here are some photos of the grain of the piece and the colouring of one of the roots. This piece is a stump with roots and there are rocks intertwined amongst the roots. I picked it up on the bank of one of our rivers.
look's like butternut or elm ?? When you sanded off the wood did you get a smell of the wood ?? Go here to this site

http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/

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If you want to send me a small piece of end grain I would be glad to identify it for you. I need to look at the end grain under magnification and match it up. It is the only way to positively identify the wood, anything else is simply a guess.
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