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What type of wood is this?

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Can anyone tell me what kind of wood is this? Thanks
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 05:02 PM
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A very nice piece !
I have no idea but with a good clean it would look great in any tank !

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I also have no idea but just had to say that is one awesome piece of wood. It's so hard to find great pieces like that.

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After you clean it up, looks like aquarium wood to me.
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After you clean it up, looks like aquarium wood to me.
Lol. Yes, aquarium wood.

Very nice driftwood!
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I find it almost impossible to tell for sure what type of wood I find if it is really good and dry. But then it really doesn't matter what type of wood it is. It is often stated that certain woods are bad but that is often just a lack of understanding wood. Wood is made up of fiber with lots of moisture mixed in. If the moisture is gone, the fiber bothers very little.

For tank use, wood that still has sap and possibly tannins left may be a problem. Finding wood that is totally dried by nature is much better than trying to find what kind and how to clear tannins.

That appears to be great wood in perfect condition. I normally would look at the inside to see that there was a pretty uniform color throughout but that one looks fine as is. I'm guessing it was collected after a rain or you've soaked it a bit?

If hard pressed for an ID, I would say it is sycamore. Quite likely you found it down along a creekbed and it is really the root section of several trees which grew together???
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Good call on the dry creek bed location thanks everyone. There was a lot of walnut trees around so was kinda worry about it being black walnut. Heard a lot bad things about them ill post more pics of whole thing later today Thanks
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I love this one

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Lol that's funny
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Without seeing the leaves it's pretty near impossible to tell. All I can say is it's not pine.

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When I was new to the St. Louis area I wanted to do a better job of ID on the local trees and my kids got me a very high level tree book for the local area. Even with bark and full blown leaves it sometimes takes a change of seasons to watch what nuts or acorns and blossums a tree has before a tree can be ID'd. Even then it was sometimes a "I think" situation. But then that is the main idea of getting the wood that is truly dried out by nature. Very few of us are going to be patient enough to wait for the wood to dry if it doesn't have a few years head start. The trees with heavy oily sap like cedar and pine may take more than ten years to fully dry out.

The guess about the creekbed was somewhat luck. It reminded me of down along the river at Rochesport. I loved the trail out there.
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Without seeing the leaves it's pretty near impossible to tell. All I can say is it's not pine.
I'm no wood expert (lol) but no wood is nowhere near impossible to ID without leaves. Each has their own signature that can clearly be identified by.

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Actually not to far from rocheport between there and Harrisburg
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