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Check it out y'all. I do feel like a numpty asking this question. I did grow up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I do know most of my trees. We cut Black Oak and Live Oak for firewood and the Pine and Douglas Fir where everywhere....So!!
This tree has fallen just a baseball throw from my new house out here in North Carolina. It is on no-mans land so it is mine, all mine, if it is worth my time. What say ye? Black Oak, White, Other? My Pops-In-Law is killing me telling me that is an Elm Tree (with acorns??), but he grew up in the Shetland Islands where all of the trees look like moss! Check it out!?
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Check it out y'all. I do feel like a numpty asking this question. I did grow up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I do know most of my trees. We cut Black Oak and Live Oak for firewood and the Pine and Douglas Fir where everywhere....So!!
This tree has fallen just a baseball throw from my new house out here in North Carolina. It is on no-mans land so it is mine, all mine, if it is worth my time. What say ye? Black Oak, White, Other? My Pops-In-Law is killing me telling me that is an Elm Tree (with acorns??), but he grew up in the Shetland Islands where all of the trees look like moss! Check it out!?
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That's a Red Oak! Fantastic wood. Great for firewood, lumber, etc

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What do you mean "no mans land"? Doesn't the land belong to somebody?
The tree fell from outside the back fence of one property across a wooded space and onto the edge of another property. Nobody wants to mess with it. Likely been there for a long year+.

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Let's do it!!! Pin Oak it is. I don't want to be crass but I suppose oak is oak when pulling a slingshot out of it, right? Roscoe showed me how to fume so I'll make this stuff as special as I can! Thanks everyone! Mo

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Looks like one of the red oak variations. Great stuff to work with. Lots of character and color. Spalts from the outside on in, usually leaving a strong core.
 

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Looks like the Red Oaks we have here in Northern Michigan. If it's been down for a year it should have some interesting color. Just make sure the forks are still strong.

We have plenty of "No man's land" here, it's State of National forests. Our rule of thumb is, if it's not posted it's not trespassing.
 

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What tree man said. Grab that rascal!! chunk it up! Save the forks! Burn the rest in the outdoor fire pit or indoor fire place. I have some red oak taken from the floor of an old railroad cattle car! That stuff is tougher than boiled bullfeathers.
Never boiled a bullfeather before, how tuff are they? LOL

I'm stealing that saying by the way!
 

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Pin Oak, Red Oak...Moonshine Mo, I hope you have a fancy wood splitter. They're tough to bust up when they green or wet.

But the forks a tree easy to work and good to look at. Little specks and a good figure.

The sanding is among the easiest of the hardwoods...not hard maple easy, but close.

Oh, And it makes good spoon or cups/bowls if you carve.
 

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Pin Oak, Red Oak...Moonshine Mo, I hope you have a fancy wood splitter. They're tough to bust up when they green or wet.

But the forks a tree easy to work and good to look at. Little specks and a good figure.

The sanding is among the easiest of the hardwoods...not hard maple easy, but close.

Oh, And it makes good spoon or cups/bowls if you carve.
Thanks for that too Mako. I'm gonna drag my Svensaw over there on Saturday and get permission from somebody to take some material back to my faux slingshop for analysis. I've got a neighbor that can tell me when it went down, my guess is a year now, but I'll reveal all when the facts are known!

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Okay. I got permission from the neighbor who almost wept when I told him I wanted to hack apart this fallen tree. I now have a ridiculous amount of slingwork to do not including these new treasures. I am in awe of the sweet carving skills by Atlas. We'll see what happens!
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Nice haul MO

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I got them easily debarked and wrapped stored them in a garbage bag to control the evaporation and drying. I learned that formula from an old bowl carver. I don't want to wait a year to tear into them so a microwave might be in the near future.

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