My friend, Julie, who gave me a downed wild cherry tree, said they had taken down a hackberry tree in their yard and her in-laws, a silver maple, was I interested? Um, let me think about it YES! Hubby and I went to see.
The hackberry had been ‘hacked’.
Maybe some spalting in there…possible bowl blanks? probable firewood.
The stump was still standing, about 6-8 feet tall with a long forgotton clothes line imbedded in it. Kinda cool, a little bit of history.
Went to look at the maple and brought this home …
Split it open
and this was inside
The trunk was still standing about 15-20 feet tall. We requested that it be cut down in as long of pieces as possible, up to ten feet. Well the trimmers either didn’t get that message or disregarded it. :-( When we got back with a trailer, borrowed from another friend (enabler), it had been cut up into four foot sections and smaller. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers. Julie’s husband, David, used the farm’s tractor and grapple to load up the trailer.
Some feathered woodworkers beat us to it!
I guess there is enough to go around. Unloading was accomplished with the help of son, a lot of muscle power and a come-a-long. Oh, and gravity, as the pieces got to the back of the trailer and off the end! Thank you, Lord!
Three or four trailer loads (mind you, we are hauling this with our little Ford Explorer and were trying not to overload it) later and we have this pile on the gravel that used to be the floor of the old shop. Maple in the foreground, hackberry in the back, and a Mudflap, pretending to be studious, in the middle.
All that remained were the 3 largest hunks of maple trunk that we decided we didn’t have the wherewithal to deal with. sniff
BUT WAIT! another friend (enabler), Andy (gfadvm) said bring ‘em to me. I can cut ‘em up with my chainsaw and we’ll slice ‘em on the sawmill! WOO HOO!! I’m excited! Mudflap is decidedly not. Went back and got the top two hunks. Left the bottom most section, as it had a lot of rot in the middle.
The pieces in the picture above are 24-29” in diameter. One is 3 feet long and the other is 4 feet long.
Away we go to Andy’s place and his wonderful WoodMizer saw mill. Andy chained the 4 footer to his tractor and dragged it off the trailer.
He then refastened the chain to pick it up with the front loader.
...knock Knock KNOCK!! The tractor he had just gotten back from having the crankshaft repaired threw a rod!
I felt so bad! Trooper that he is, Andy just kept on truckin’! He got another tractor and moved the log over to the mill.
He then got out the chainsaw and proceeded to whittle ‘er down a might so she’d fit the mill.
After going as far as he could with the chain saw he got out the wedges
and more wedges
There she goes!
Loaded ‘er on the mill and cut into seven 2” thick slabs. I like what I see!
After shoveling up sawdust into sacks, Andy got out his dust elimination system.
This is where I wimped out. We didn’t do anything with the 3 footer. Just loaded up the slabs and headed for home.
Scary sight waited for us when we did get home. Fire trucks, tanker, volunteer’s vehicles around the house…Oh NO! What happened?
The neighbor’s garden tractor (riding lawn mower) had caught fire! Seems it was a bad day for tractors all around! Nobody was hurt, though, that was the good news.
So this is where we are now. The 3 footer chunk is outside near the firewood pile (did you get that Grizz?)
and the slabs are stacked and stickered
One year of drying for every inch of thickness…I have some time to dream about what these will become!
-- God bless, Candy