> Then why does Hoadley say that it is almost impossible to distinguish
> between them? That is what is so maddening about this business!
In a pile of Hem-fir you can easily tell the hemlock from the abies. The
color is different. The sheen of the surface off the planer is
different, the grain stripes are wider (not apart, actually wider
themselves) and wavier, and the hemlock ones are the ones with the
splits in them.