Too much Dan! Tannin booth.

I never got black hands from it either, but I have smelled a while bunch of sour smelling red oak.
I never heard anyone call a pin oak, blackjack, water oak or willow oak a red oak, but your examples do show that there is a lot left to regional colloquialisms. I would be interested in knowing which of those species you guys are using. I'll bet it's not the same as anything we know as red oak.

Quarter sawn red oak, pretty wood!