Designer firewood: wood gloat...maybe

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Blog entry by Tony Strupulis posted 07-05-2013 01:37 AM 1475 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was collecting firewood from a construction site today. It was a pile of spruce logs with easy access. Pretty happy about the find. Then I found a birch tree in the pile, the best firewood in Alaska. Really happy at this point.

Then I noticed the log had a large crotch in it. The end grain of the log was competent and had a warm, rich color to it. I didn’t look close to see if it has any spalting or not. I cut the log to maximize the yield of crotch wood. Fingers crossed, I should be able to get several nice boards of flame/crotch birch. If not, then it can always go in the fireplace.

The log is big by Alaska birch standards. It is close to 18” in diameter and I should be able to get a two-foot long board. It was HEAVY! I had to get creative loading it into the trailer.

Looks like I need to set up a trip to see Don F. to see what his lumber mill can do.

As an extra added bonus, after I bucked up the log, I rolled this piece away and it has a nice burl on it! It has some interesting character. The bark split while it was growing and exposed the wood underneath, which oxidized and turned black. I see a bowl in its future.

The only thing better than free firewood is discovering a couple woodworking projects in the pile. Good times.

-- Tony -

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#1 posted 07-05-2013 01:25 PM

Nice Tony !
Should be some good stuff coming out of that, gloatworthy indeed.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 03:28 PM

Wonderful Wood.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 07-24-2015 07:10 PM

Is this the wood you found the Skittle Bowl in?

-- Mark

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#4 posted 08-16-2015 09:20 PM

No, the skittle bowl was a burl that I found in my brush pile. I guess sometimes it pays to clean up the yard!

-- Tony -

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