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 www.artisansofthevalley.com