What is the wood?

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  • #11928
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    Keith
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    I recently moved into a new house in Devon and found what looked like an interesting piece of wood on the woodpile. It is heavily spalted and split (which doesn’t help) but it is quite hard and dense and gave off a very strong sweet perfume when turned. Here is a link to a folder with some pictures of it so far, with a coat of Danish Oil on it. Has anyone any idea what wood it might be?

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k1tiiurwl0wiboo/AAAZ-999JCTqWXbY2_Fum7pAa?dl=0

  • #11944
    Dunc
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    Hi Keith,

    You have us stumped with this, we can’t be sure.

    Possibilities are Sycamore, Horse Chestnut or maybe a pine.

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    Keith
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    Thanks Dunc, having had a search on the internet, it looks similar to something labelled as Japanese Horse Chestnut, which the RHS say is available in the UK, so perhaps that’s it. Anyway, thanks for looking at it

  • #11968
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    I asked our Facebook followers and they came up with:

    • Spalted Beech.
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    Rob
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    Looks like spalted beech

    regards Rob

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    sps.athome@virginmedia.com
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    It looks like spalted Horse Chestnut

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    treedave
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    Hi Kieth looking at this and from your description of the smell I think this may be a piece of spalted juniper wood from one of the garden junipers. Having worked this wood a few times myself it all seems to fit.

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