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    ???? What kind of wood is this?

    Here is a picture of a piece of 2X8 that I aquired and a small bowl I started. This stuff is as hard as a rock. I put it through my DeWalt 735 and didn't think it was going to go through, even with very thin cuts. I had to force the wood through. Does anyone have a clue as to what it is. I got it at a local sawmill that was closing down, it was in a stack of lumber that I bought. It is completely dried, been cut up for sometime. Hope you can see it ok. Thanks for looking, Jack

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    I don't see it Jack but I would like to.

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    Opps I forgot the picture. Here are a couple, hope you can see them. Jack
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    Hard to say from just a couple pics, but it does look a lot like the pear wood I have here. Pear also burns like maple does, like in that second pic. Pear is also on the hard side, kindof like maple. It also has the same color and grain as some cherry, could be cherry. It does look like one of the fruit woods though. Any idea if it is local or not? Did he import this stuff from Chile or somewhere?
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    Dave, I'm not sure where the wood came from, but it's harder than anything I've ever experenced. I've cut up a lot of oak, maple, cherry and others and never seen it this hard and dense. Wish I had a better picture for you. Jack

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    Jack that sure does look like cherry. It has the same color and grain of the cherry I did some plates out of. It was dry and hard like maple.
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    Suggests maple to me. As mentioned, could be pear. I recently turned some pear and it was very hard.

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    The red burn mark caught my eye and I first thought Cherry, But then you said you were experienced in Cherry. So then I thought of a number of different Fruit trees (which I feel it is) on in particular is Persimmon. Very hard similar in color and also will burn Red.

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    I'm gonna go out in left field here ...

    Apple

    Apple wood is fairly plain looking, kinda cherry like but not quite as much contrast between the grain. The pics kind of fit this description.

    Your experience with its hardness really puts it out there. Apple is VERY hard wood.

    So... that's my guess
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    Bill Frank Bernie, You may all be right, I do feel like it might be some type of fruit tree, although it would take a rather large fruit tree to produce a 2X8X8'. Oh well, I may never know for sure, but I think it will finish out pretty. Jack

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