the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
gum / Liquidambar styraciflua (syn. Liquidambar macrophylla)
aka sweet gum, red gum, sap gum
NOTE: the name "gum" alone is not actually correct for this wood, but the "two" woods represented here are the sapwood (sweet gum) and heartwood (red gum) of the same tree, and my automated HTML processing program could only combine the two if I put them all under the name "gum". See the Fact Sheet for further discussion of the "gum" name (it's a mess!)
Although I state at the top of the page that this wood is Liquidambar styraciflua, that's only because that is the form found in the USA. In Asia, there are also the closely related species Liquidambar formosana and Liquidambar orientalis.
3" x 3" flat cut, 3" x 3" quartersawn, 1" x 1" end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Diffuse porous with numerous tiny pores, randomly distributed. Growth rings range from indistinct to quite distinct and the rays are faint, often invisible even at 10X