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Processing Harvested Wood #1: In The Beginning Was The Tree

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Blog entry by BarbS posted 1621 days ago 3305 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our home yard tree, a beautiful silver maple, estimated by many to be nearly a century old:

I don’t have a photo of the heavy wet snow that brought one-quarter of it crashing to the ground, but the after-math when calling ‘the tree man’ is clear:

And the work load is rather daunting, but I’m working daily to salvage and process as much as I can store. My tools are a small electric chainsaw, a Laguna bandsaw, and one very sore back:

My only regret is not having a woodworking guild or a turning club nearby to make use of what I can’t use. More photos to follow, as the work progresses. Thank goodness for sunny days.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/



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beginrbldr

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#1 posted 1621 days ago

I would love to use some of your silver maple for some jewelry boxes.

-- Jeff, Laguna Hills CA

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1621 days ago

Wow what a tree i hate to see it go.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Karson

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#3 posted 1621 days ago

The beautiful tree. You can see by the branches that it provided shade and a home to many.

My heart goes out to the fallen, It will be sorely missed.

I hope that you can salvage many pieces and see them turned into pieces of beauty and provide many fresh memories to others.

Sorry to see such a friend go.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 1621 days ago

Barb, I know it is sad to lose a tree such as this one. I am glad to hear that you are managing to salvage the wood. This tree should provide you with plenty of wood for the forseeable future.

Years ago I lose a cherry and two ash trees and, being unable to find anyone to mill them since I did not own a band saw, had to let them go for firewood. Needless to say I stayed at work until the tree people were finished since I did not think it was appropriate for them to see a grown man cry. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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PG_Zac

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#5 posted 1621 days ago

Sad to see a tree like this take such damage.

Very good to see that you are trying to salvage as much as possible.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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Cher

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#6 posted 1620 days ago

That tree is going to be missed!

-- When you know better you do better.

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BarbS

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#7 posted 1620 days ago

Dang, Autumn, you’re going to make me cry!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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BarbS

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#8 posted 1620 days ago

One stump off the chainsaw:

and the stash processed so far:

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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rsmith71

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#9 posted 1620 days ago

I am truly sorry you lost such a beautiful tree but it appears that there will be some beautiful pieces to work with ffrom it.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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Skylark53

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#10 posted 1620 days ago

Lucky tree to have lived so long and enjoyed by many and now the chance to continue to live on, with your help.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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BarbS

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#11 posted 1620 days ago

I’m now finding word is getting out about the abundance of wood from this old tree, and am having company for two days in a row of woodworkers bringing trailers and chainsaws to help disperse some of this. I’m so glad it won’t go to waste. All I’m asking is at least pictures of what people make with it, and a signed bowl wouldn’t be a bad thing either! I am glad this beautiful wood is going to be used instead of burned, thanks to internet connections and people eager to do the work. The party’s at Barb’s house!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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BarbS

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#12 posted 1617 days ago

Wood is Good! I built a new double shelf to fit under an assembly table, as my little drying rack filled up quickly with wood blanks. So today I was able to un-bury the tablesaw and put some blanks on this new shelf. I have a little room left on it for more stump-cutting, but it sure filled up faster than I thought it would. I’ve shared a little with local woodworkers (Autumn brought a car, filled the trunk and back seat, and drove away scraping the bumper) but I’m thinking now the remainder of what I can cut may have to be stored outdoors and covered, with pith removed, and see how it fares in a year or two. I guess there really can be ‘too much of a good thing.’

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Karson

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#13 posted 1617 days ago

Barbs: Look Like you might have some happy friends, from your misfortune.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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