Normally, when it's fresh it's more yellowy than your pic, but I guess with age and/or fungal action (short of spalting) it can go more brownish. What diameter was the log would you say?What colour Wood would you say Beech Is? I don’t think the colour is coming through on the pics. It’s a beautiful Khaki greyish colour
The bark doesn't look right, and there's not much sapwood, and the grain doesn't look right (but otherwise I agree! )
OP was told it was beech. The wood looks like beech. The bark looks like beech. Beech is very common. It probably is beech.
Not bothered either way!The op didn't think it was beech after working with it and having it in his hands. The bark is nothing like beech, the colour of the wood is nothing like beech, it looks like Wych elm and I wouldn't be surprised if it smelt like Wych elm.
Small diameter Wych elm is very common.
I'll raise your with a :Facepalm emoji: