Initially thought it was Box Alder, but the heartwood is much different. Not too bad to split. Kind of stringy. If there’s a knot, forget about it. Eastern Panhandle of WV. Thanks.
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Straight pieces with no knots are moderate. I’ve been splitting so much Ash lately that I’ve gotten spoiled.Looks like Elm to me. Not sure if would be American due to the blight. Maybe Grey Elm. Have you tried to split it yet?
They are rare around my area, but they do exist. There seems to be more in the New England states than around me. The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has been trying to develop a disease resistant variety for a lot of years, and have had some good success lately. They have sought out the remaining trees to try to find out what makes them resistant.I haven't seen a live American Elm since I was a kid.