Found this down by the lake yesterday, and went back for it this morning. It has some small splits in the bark that may go a little deeper, not sure yet. I figured it was such a nice fork it would be worth microwaving and see how bad the splits are. I may opt to epoxy the splits if they aren't too bad. It was already on the ground for an unknown amount of time and some bur balls were on the larger branch the fork came from. Seems like it's not real long ago it fell from the tree. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquidambar_styraciflua Edit; Forgot to mention that i looked up the wood too. Never new it was called sweetgum. My daughter used to call the bur balls "Bird's lunchboxes".