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Derek Goins
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Apr 18th, 2014 at 1:39pm
 
I was wondering how you guys market your FOG or unidentified wood.  Here lately I've been getting a tremendous about of wood that I'm getting from the sides of roads after folks trim trees.  I have no idea what most of this stuff is and I reckon it's a bit tacky to just say "for sale wood bowl".  Personally I would want to know what kind of wood it is, and most of my customers buying pens want to know what their pen is made from.

I have two books on tree ID, but on some of these the bark is already stripped and I don't want to be that guy coming on here every week asking folks to ID my wood for me.  Most of these trees I just have no clue what the heck it is.  Frustrating to say the least.

When you plain just can't ID some wood, how can you market it?

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Reply #1 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 2:31pm
 
One thing you could do is identify the location it came from and note that while you don't know what it is, you saved it from being burned / going to the dump. 

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Reply #2 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 4:11pm
 
Call it "North American Hardwood" or NAH for short.

Since you found it on the road call it "Roadside American Wood"

Or even "Salvaged American Wood"

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Reply #3 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 5:14pm
 
For trendy buyers, repurposed wood.
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Reply #4 - Apr 18th, 2014 at 5:52pm
 
It is wood from the rare Dunno tree.
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Reply #5 - Apr 19th, 2014 at 8:57am
 
I've found that some people like a story about the wood if it's unknown.  Kinda like..  "Well I really don't know what kind it is because it was part of pile of wood that was about to be turned into firewood (mulch, etc) and I could hear it screaming 'Help!! Help!!  I'm really a bowl (peppermill, platter, etc) and I've been trapped in this log by an evil witch (or warlock depending on who you're talking to).' So I did the right thing and freed it from the spell."
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Reply #6 - Apr 19th, 2014 at 4:51pm
 
"This wood is kind of like a rescued dog from the pound.  I'm not real sure of its background but it is beautiful.   Kind of makes you want to adopt it and take it home doesn't it?"
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Reply #7 - Apr 19th, 2014 at 7:36pm
 
R Bruce Hoadley's book on identifying wood is something of a bible although very technical.  With a low power hand lens and planed end grain you might be able to narrow down the choices.  But it is very technical with lots of explanation of the various cells in trees, appearance, arrangement, and so on.
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Reply #8 - Apr 20th, 2014 at 10:43am
 
Don Stephan wrote on Apr 19th, 2014 at 7:36pm:
R Bruce Hoadley's book on identifying wood is something of a bible although very technical.



Good book, my daughter sent me this image as a joke and when I told her I have that book she couldn't stop laughing
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Reply #9 - Apr 22nd, 2014 at 2:28pm
 
I've turned a lot of "Damiphino" and "Heliphino" wood.
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Reply #10 - Apr 27th, 2014 at 4:21pm
 
I recall the Smithsonian has a website that lets you identify trees using pics of leaves, bark, wood, and seed. Called something like leaf or similar name. Its free for the looking.

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Reply #11 - Apr 27th, 2014 at 5:08pm
 
Unfortunately it doesn't help with wood ID unless you know what the leaves, flowers, or fruit looks like.
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Reply #12 - Apr 28th, 2014 at 9:39am
 
This is one of the better sources I use for getting some ideas of the family of woods

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This helps me appreciate the variation in colors and grain within the same species.

Note that the local names are often not specific enough to help much.   Ironwood covers a lot of species with the specifics more limited by where you are at for meaning.   North Eastern parts of north America it tends to be hop hornbeam, Florida grows some Lignum, and the southwest has it's own flavors of ironwoods. 

The term "Cedar" is another jumble.
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Reply #13 - Apr 28th, 2014 at 9:53am
 
I'm sitting in the same boat, hauling wood mostly from the Garden Refuse and the not knowing is quite frustrating. I have acquired five books by now, including Hoadley's, but identifying wood is difficult, as there are just so many (similarities).
I decided to play the recycle/repurpose card (with a story attached to it if possible), hoping people will appreciate it.
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Reply #14 - Apr 28th, 2014 at 3:11pm
 
by  me there are several "urban loggers"  they sell a lot of really nice wood from  jobs in the  city at a local  recycling center.  every once in  awhile  they  have a  box if wood that is  just labels  reclaimed lumber.  just putting the "reclaimed" moniker on it   makes it sell  faster.  If  they  would cal it "unknown scrap" it would sit there till someone  needed fire wood.   I'm thinking  of something like  "reclaimed urban  lumber" or "up cycled wood"
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