What is the wood?

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    • #11928
      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.

    • #11947
      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
      Dunc
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      I asked our Facebook followers and they came up with:

      • Spalted Beech.
      • Ceder
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    • #12129
      Rob
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      Looks like spalted beech

      regards Rob

    • #12579
      sps.athome@virginmedia.com
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      It looks like spalted Horse Chestnut

    • #13999
      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.

    • #16076
      Anonymous
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      I found this cute handmade pine wooden bridge and I really want it. What kind of wood are ok to use and what are not

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    • #22095
      Dr Glenn f Cornish
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      A wild card, hawthorn smells incredibly sweet/cedary¬† when turned. The grain is a bit pronounced for Hawthorn, though, and it doesn’t usually get that big. It’s so nice smelling that I leave the inside of hollow forms unfinished so you can smell them.

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