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    Need help identifing this wood

    I just turned this piece and I was calling it "hedge" wood however as I'm putting the finish on it and need to sign the bottom I want to make sure I have the wood type correct. I got it from a lady who was having this cut out of a fence row growing in her back yard. I've been doing some research.....does this look like it could be "Eastern Redbud" to you? The end was sealed so it looks darker but from looking at the bark.....I'm thinking Redbud?????
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    Hard to tell from bark alone. How big is it? I don't see a lot of big (bigger than 8" diameter) Redbud around here. Perhaps the lady would remember if it is an early bloomer.
    http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology...heet.cfm?ID=43

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    wood help to see the wood with out sealer or in a bowl form tom.. doesnt look like hedgewood"osage orange" to me the bark is to fine.
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    I have a piece of "osage orange" here with the bark on it and it is not the same as this.
    Here is the piece that I turned from it.
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    I found this page which has a photo very similar to what mine looks like.
    http://www.extension.iastate.edu/for...es/redbud.html

    One of the first photos on the page (on right side).
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    Tom!, I don't care what kind of wood it is, it is beautiful! You have done an awesome job turning it. Golly that is pretty! If you lived in my part of the country I would be thinking Mulberry.
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    Mulberry..... Hmmmm that is a real possibility. Looking into it now.
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    Could be Locust Ask her if it had any thorns on it.
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    Paul Hinds has a hobby of identifying wood - his extraordinary reference with MANY detailed pictures is at http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/person...pics/index.htm

    Paul's site has 38,600 pictures of 420 different types of wood. His photo techniques for color and detail are extraordinary. It has become such a reference that many people have contributed to the discussion of different types. For example, several years ago I did a lot of work with ipe, and discovered his site said it was too hard to turn, so I sent him a small bowl turned from ipe (at the very bottom of his page on ipe). Yes I have always been cranky and contrary.
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    not locust in my opinion not right bark.. dont know redbud well so cant say on that one and if it was mulberry it would be yelo then go brown
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