I like crotches. I like milling them, I like making things with them. Some one dropped off this “crotchy” elm the other day. The butt log is kinda a big devil.
So I cut one off to mill. I was a little bummed because I see 2 hearts, which usually means less figure/ more bark inclusion…
I had to trim it abit to get it to fit the mill for width (more on that later)
First slab looks decent.
28” wide…not bad for a bandmill that is advertised to make a 24” cut (I made some mods, wider the better in my book)
Then comes the inclusion I knew would be there, not too bad it’s still sound anyway.
They look good in a bookmatch.
Now some may be thinking “Hey Daren, why don’t you lay them end to end to see what they look like ?”...Ok I did that.
The last slice worth saving…that little crotch should make several really cool projects…and there is a heck of alot of just that one log left.