Identifying Drift Wood? - Router Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2014
Country: United States
First Name: N/a
Posts: 3
Default Identifying Drift Wood?

Hello all

Today I had just found a piece of driftwood on the beach. It's pretty lightweight and easy to carve. The weathered outside of it is a kind of grey-ish light brown (there is no bark and no leaves) and the inside is a clean sandy colour infused with streaks of grey-ish colour. It was found in the Cape Cod, Massachusetts area.

Are there are good wood identification websites which could possibly help me in identifying this piece of wood?
Or are there any tips or tricks which could help me in identifying it? The identification does not have to be exact (for example, rather than knowing what I found was a white birch pine, simply pine would be okay)

(Obviously, hehe) I am new to woodworking so please excuse my lack of knowledge
ArcticDog505 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 07:28 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Nov 2010
Country: United States
First Name: mary
Posts: 1,535

It might be helpful if you post a photo of the drift wood in question.
marecat3 is online now  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2014
Country: United States
First Name: N/a
Posts: 3

Originally Posted by marecat3 View Post
It might be helpful if you post a photo of the drift wood in question.
Unfortunately, I do not have enough posts to post an image yet.... ):
ArcticDog505 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 08:34 AM
Registered User
OPG3's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Otis
Posts: 1,988

AD, All you need to do in order to accumulate 10 posts is to say "howdy" to people on 10- different threads. This takes about 10 minutes, max. I am also interested in the answers that come from this thread, because I keep and exhibit reptiles and many of the animals have various pieces of "cage furniture" within their habitats. I've purchased several very nice pieces of driftwood to place into these habitats and on a couple of occasions I've actually found the pieces on my own.

If we knew your name and location, it would be helpful; but it isn't mandatory.

Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia


Tweak everything!
OPG3 is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 09:48 AM
Registered User
JOAT's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Theo
Posts: 6,751

Simple. It's driftwood, which means it's free wood. Free wood is always popular. So it's popular wood. No brainer.

"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Fawkahwe tribal police SWAT Team
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
JOAT is online now  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 09:48 AM
Moderation Team
Cherryville Chuck's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 16,402

Welcome to the forum Arctic Dog. If you google "identifying wood" several sites will come up. You are able to post pictures as long as they are in your hard drive and not from a photo sharing service. You still won't be able to post links yet but you can follow Otis' advice and get there quickly. The light weight and easiness to carve, combined with the wood color make me think spruce or pine. There is an excellent book by Bruce Hoadley named "Identifying Wood" that you might find at the library.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Cherryville Chuck is online now  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 12:31 PM
Moderation Team
Semipro's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Country: United States
First Name: John_*
Posts: 6,759

Hello,it's great to meet you and have you as a member of our community, welcome!
You can upload pictures from your computers hardrive,go advance and upload

Looking forward to your participation.
Filling out your profile to include (first name,tools and short bio is strictly (optional )but does help members to better relate to each other.
Thank You John
Semipro is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 07:44 PM
Registered User
DaninVan's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: Canada
First Name: Dan
Posts: 15,415

Arctic Dog; one of the interesting things about driftwood, here in the Pacific NorthWest is that a lot of it comes down from higher altitudes as a result of erosion caused by the Fall rains. This is especially true of logging cut blocks. Everything not merchantable is littering the ground waiting for a crew to do a bit of a clean up prior to burning the slash piles. "Wood' can be anything from Staghorn Sumac to D. fir roots.
I assume you have an equally varied list of native trees on the East Coast?
Common Trees of the Pacific Northwest

Trying to identify a specific species once it's become 'driftwood' is a job for a botanist...
DaninVan is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 09:30 PM
Official Greeter
jw2170's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Country: Australia
First Name: James
Posts: 18,657
Send a message via Skype™ to jw2170

If it is 'driftwood', it may have even come up from Cuba.....

You would need an expert to physically see the timber to have any chance of confirming the identity.

After months? in salt water any color may well have been bleached out.

It is what you "see" in the wood that is important.

How big is the piece and what do you intend to do with it?

Sydney, Australia

I don't mind if other members disagree with my comments.
I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

jw2170 is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-21-2014, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2014
Country: United States
First Name: N/a
Posts: 3

Hi all, thank you for the help! And thank you for telling me that hard drive uploads are alright- that will be helpful in the future!

I found out I had some sort of oak branch from a friend of mine who surprisingly knows much about wood and trees.
ArcticDog505 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wood Species dattashri Wood Species 7 07-26-2012 10:23 AM
Exterior wood Treatment dattashri The Finishing Touch 3 05-14-2012 11:37 AM
Best Places to buy wood? big wes New Member Introductions 12 01-26-2010 04:34 PM
I need help to choose type of wood dane5547 Wood Species 4 07-25-2009 07:04 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome