Wood Scavenging #3: Walnut and Black Locust in the Mix

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 03-02-2012 09:44 PM 3550 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Mulberry & Osage Orange @ the Mill Part 3 of Wood Scavenging series Part 4: Equipment rigged - we're in business! »

Our scavenging efforts have progressed along to now include a 66” x 28” black walnut log – and a we’re in progress gathering a rather large and strait black locust tree. Not sure exactly what we’re doing w/ the locust yet but why not play with something different?

The walnut – thinking we’re going to have it milled into 3” flitches and setup for some nice tables and benches. Probably to go into our gaming line. We’re hoping to pick up about 8 more walnut logs this spring – some of which may be spalted – at least we can hope!

Next week we pickup our osage orange and mulberry flitches!

I’m also picking up the oak rounds for my 9 oak gaming tables pending for this summer’s “Blending of Art and Wine” show – at least some of them anyway!

Black locust has a mix of uses – we’re just not sure our intention yet until we speak with the guys at the mill. There are two more sections one about the size of these two and one is the largest section of trunk. Plus a mix of short sections.

We also picked up an assortment of osage logs we must seal the ends of them SOON and get them properly stored. We may bring them to the mill and just have them cut up into turning blanks and let them dry as blanks.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 11:47 PM

Please show us the inside of these logs when you have them slabbed. Great promise in each of them.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 12:15 AM

very nice eric…always exciting to see downed logs headed for the mill, i have not seen the black locast used in much, ill look forward to that…and the gaming tables from the walnut will be fun to see…i hate to see good wood destroyed by either bring them or sending them to the land fill…so keep up the good work…....grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 12:20 AM

that locust is pretty hard stuff… make sure you use sharp tools. Locust will take the edge off quickly too.

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 01:00 AM

Yeah locust is a hard substence, works like osage orange. I have seen it in marine usages I may go off and do some outdoor slab tables with an epoxy finish with it.

Wait till you see the big section of locust! I am curious what’s in these.

We will catalog the mulberry and oak next week. I may stop in and take a look at it tomorrow. I have a whole pallet of 35/40 osage flitches from 10 to 18 inches wide 4/6 feet long coming and I think 11 mulberry slabs.

The oak rounds are around 30” diameter. Very curious to see them polished up with the gaming boards builtin. I need to pickup a good batch of leopardwood to start on the boards. I already have my swiss pear stock.

Scavenging is fun … trying to get some recovered floor beams soon too. I wanna do a mulberry slab table with a steel fram similar to one I saw on here and another with a recovered douglas fir heartwood beam trestle.

Tons of ideas, just time and money needed!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#5 posted 03-03-2012 01:07 AM

Hey the main locust logs are about 8/9 feet

We could use the first cuts as benches and the main slabs as galley tables or secure two to make a full size picnic table.

Mill the shorter logs and use them as legs maybe?

Coure we are at best three to six months out by the time this is milled and dried probably longer they make want it to sit a year or two as a log first.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#6 posted 04-05-2013 02:44 AM

These are milled – and out of the kiln! Trying to coordinate to pickup this weekend.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#7 posted 04-08-2013 12:41 AM

OK – the slab report … the walnut log turned into six slabs photos in the attached blog update. The locust is out of the kiln and will be coming back soon. We’re taking that back w/ a load of cedar and some other stuff that’s going to be edged.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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