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WHAT WOOD WE TURN

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We wood turners are wood hoarders. Strike that. We are wood collectors. In the process of collecting we often forget to tag the piece of wood with its name. Some common woods are easy to identify. Others not so. In this world filled with technology there seems to be a lack of technology to identify wood properly. Colin Mackenzie has been waiting for such a technology for a while now.

 

Though we may know how to identify certain pieces of wood, we may not know how to identify the trees in the urban streets or nearby forests. Here you will find some information on how to identify the trees in the Bay Area of California.

Trees native to California

Alder

Alder

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California Nutmeg-Yew

California Nutmeg-Yew

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Coast Live Oak

Coast Live Oak

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Incense Cedar

Incense Cedar

Ray Hari

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Silk Tassel

Silk Tassel

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Western Redbud

Western Redbud

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Bay Laurel (Myrtlewood)

Bay Laurel (Myrtlewood)

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Catalina Ironwood

Catalina Ironwood

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Coast Redwood

Coast Redwood

Ray Hari

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Monterey Cypress

Monterey Cypress

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Sycamore

Sycamore

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California Buckeye

California Buckeye

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Claro Walnut

Trees of the Bay Area

Claro Walnut

Tony Wolcott

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Douglas Fir

Trees of the Bay Area

Douglas Fir

Tony Wolcott

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Mountain Lilac

Mountain Lilac

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Valley Oak

Trees of the Bay Area

Valley Oak

Cal Poly Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute

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Non-native trees in the bay area

Apple

Trees of the Bay Area

Apple

John Doyen, Tony Wolcott

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California Pepper

California Pepper

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Chestnut

Trees of the Bay Area

Chestnut

Tony Wolcott

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English Yew

Trees of the Bay Area

English Yew

Tony Wolcott

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Hollywood Juniper

Trees of the Bay Area

Hollywood Juniper

Tony Wolcott

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Norfolk Island Pine

Trees of the Bay Area

Norfolk Island Pine

Tony Wolcott

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Black Acacia

Trees of the Bay Area

Black Acacia

John Doyen, Tony Wolcott

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Camphor

Trees of the Bay Area

Camphor

Tony Wolcott

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Chinese Pistache

Chinese Pistache

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Evergreen Pear

Trees of the Bay Area

Evergreen Pear

Tony Wolcott

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London Plane

Trees of the Bay Area

London Plane

Tony Wolcott

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Olive

Olive

Dennis Lillis

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Bottlebrush

Trees of the Bay Area

Bottlebrush

Tony Wolcott

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Carob

Trees of the Bay Area

Carob

John Doyen, Tony Wolcott

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Deodar Cedar

Trees of the Bay Area

Deodar Cedar

Tony Wolcott

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Fern Pine

Fern Pine

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Madrone

Trees of the Bay Area

Madrone

Tony Wolcott

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Tulip Poplar

Trees of the Bay Area

Tulip Poplar

John Doyen, Tony Wolcott

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Another resource to identify trees in the California urban forest is the Urban Tree Key website maintained by Cal Poly.

 

There are additional resources for wood identification at the AAW website Wood Identification page.

Sudden Oak Death and Us

Leo Litchman

Sudden Oak Death and Us

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Warren Wise talks Wood Preparation

Warren Wise

Warren Wise talks Wood Preparation

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Working and turning Pacific Madrone

Dale Larson

Working and turning Pacific Madrone

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Methods of drying wood bowl blanks

Dale Larson

Methods of drying wood bowl blanks

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What is a burl?

Gary Keogh

What is a burl?

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What's the wood?

Dan Grebinski

What's the wood?

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Understanding wood: How Does It Grow For Our Use and Consumption?

Ard Sealy

Understanding wood: How Does It Grow For Our Use and Consumption?

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Intro To Vacuum Kilns

Josh Salesin

Intro To Vacuum Kilns

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Green turning Wooden Bowls

Dale Larson

Green turning Wooden Bowls

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Tony's great adventure

Tony Bryhan

Tony's great adventure

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The Art of Wood

Tony Wolcott

The Art of Wood

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