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 - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com