Today at work we had to pull down 2 trees. Instead of leaving it lay we cut it up and split it between me and my coworker. My woodturning lathe hobby has me constantly searching for free wood. Anyway, I’m a confident tree identifier when it comes to leave on, but I’m quite poor at identifying trees from bark. In the back of my truck you can see two species of wood. The logs that have solid white end grain I believe are Black Locust. The other species I’m questioning. It has bark that looks like cherry and has a sharp distinction between the sapwood and heartwood. And it is very heavy when compared to the other wood. What makes me question it though is that the cherry tree I cut down at my home had lighter colored sapwood and darker colored heartwood. The exact opposite of what I cut down today.
Yes maybe you are right. I don’t see any green and don’t remember any thorns. I thought it might be locust because of the bark. But it’s hard to see it in pictures due to the lichen. I can tell you for sure it is not as heavy as the cherry.
Guess it could be oak but I thought oak and cherry were about the same weight
I am going to have to disagree on that . Black locust do not have thorns on the trunks like honey locust do (there is a thorn less honey locust )but they have plenty of thorns along the branches that you can’t miss when dealing with it .
I am going to take a stab at your other wood and “guess” it “might be” hackberry . Really hard to what it is from a pic with a few pieces fire wood, but at the same time there is a lot of what it is not you can tell from the pic.
There’s a huge difference in the density (i.e. weight per size of log) of fresh green wood and dry wood. I wouldn’t assume that species of wood that are denser when weighed dry would necessarily be denser when weighed wet/green.
You couldn’t post any photos of branches, could you? Some photos that showed the branching pattern and some close-ups that showed the buds could potentially be very helpful. A close-up of the mature bark could help, too.
That’s wild black cherry with the ones that have the darker ring on the new growth. You should be able to smell it if you get right up on a fresh cut. It will start to turn red as it dries out. Looks like a few of sassafras, those smell like root beer, and a couple of oak.
Ok it’s hard to see the forked one good it could be cherry still. It may have a fresher cut than the other cherry makes it look like white oak. White oak has a flake bark and red has a thicker bark that doesn’t flake. I’m not seeing the darker ring on the sap wood like the rest of the cherry but it has the flake bark. That’s what makes me think it might not have exposed to the air as long.