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Wood Scavenging #5: The Maple Monstrosity!

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 02-22-2013 09:06 PM 1726 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Equipment rigged - we're in business! Part 5 of Wood Scavenging series Part 6: Motherload - Osage, Walnut, Cherry! »

Well – here we have a maple monstrosity! IDK what this sucker weighs but we had to chip off a few small chunks to lighten it for a Ford 555 to lift it. We split about 1/4 off the main trunk and the cut the front hollow section off. Fortunately we had the help of an excavator w/ a grippy-grabber (technical term) to hoist it off at the mill.

This seems to contain burl, curl, and some misc other malformations. We have no idea yet what is inside – we will find out when we cut it open!

Another 2012 Super Storm Sandy Salvage!

Loaded for us by DPD Contractors
http://www.dpdcontractors.com/

Salvaged from GeoMatrix Construction
http://www.geomatrixconstruction.com/

Milled by Willard Brothers Woodcutters
http://www.willardbrothers.net/

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com



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#1 posted 02-22-2013 09:18 PM

Nice save! Looks like a good start of a dugout (not the baseball kind).

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Eric in central Florida

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#2 posted 02-22-2013 09:22 PM

Can’t wait to see what that yields.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 09:31 PM

this salvage thing can become obsessive…if things would have been different for me, i would have gotten into what your doing, so many trees have come down due to storms and the like and so much is and was burned, or buried in a dump, i think it a travesty..just the trees from florida and that area could have been a gold mine for salvaged wood ,its a very tough subject for me…and im really glad to see you doing it…and cant wait to see the wood you get with it and what you make from it, bravo, bravo….keep getting it, what you dont use, sell it…i bet that burl on that tree will be very exciting to see…you could probably have one guy going around and getting tree’s it can turn into a very good side line business..but so many hours in a day…show us more, do you have any of your wood milled yet…pictures of that would be fun…am i excited about this…oh yea…

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

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 09:40 PM

Yes – it is a bit of an obsession thing after a while. We have a ton of stuff at the mill at this point some of last year’s is in the kiln now. So we’ll have that back shortly.

I don’t have a lot of “of milled” photos yet …

Some but we seem to be off on timing and it’s buried in stacks, etc.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 09:41 PM

Noticed … some indication of the obsession … anything with a black X on it in the photos is our log!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 09:46 PM

”anything with a black X on it in the photos is our log!”

Oh SURE! Pick of the litter, eh? LOL

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grizzman

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#7 posted 02-22-2013 11:03 PM

thanks eric, its looking mighty nice, what do you have in the way of walnut, a little or a lot…i was able to go through my sawyers collection of bits and bobs, i got a whole truck load of everything..this is what your adventure is going to be like, you will have wood coming out your ears, and in your minds eye will be deciding what you will use it for, i always look forward to your posts…grizz

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

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#8 posted 02-23-2013 03:05 AM

Absolutely we’re picking the litter! ... that reminds me I have to change the litter ugh … ick hate doing that.

Walnut … we have let’s see

1 log about 30” diameter 6ft long we had thick slabbed, getting that back shortly
3-4 misc walnut sticks 12” range 8ft or so standard 6/4 or 8/4
2 16-20” sticks we just dropped off around 10-12ft
2 10ft x 20-30” range logs pending pickup

Cherry we have four large cherry sticks one with an ice curve

Misc Cedar (more pending)

Quite an assortment of locust pending and dropped off

4 Large spalted maple trunk w/ curl and mineral stains misc branches plus another one not at mill

LOTS of splated maple on a friends tree yard

More locust and oak pending (hoping to find white oak)

Looking for more beech

We still have the mulberry and osage from last year, looking for more osage

Still have several locations to scout in the woods and such.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#9 posted 03-24-2013 01:36 AM

Just bought another walnut tree and hopefully two very large sections of a choke cherry tree!

The maple remains at the mill waiting to be cut up – hoping within a few weeks we see what is inside it!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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grizzman

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#10 posted 03-24-2013 01:03 PM

oh yea…cant wait to see all of it, how big is the walnut you just got, i cant wait to see that maple….im waiting….i dont know if i have ever seen a choke chery before…but i know if i wait, you will show it…so hurry….i really want to see the walnut…...ive got several here i want to cut down….have a good week..i always look forward to your posts…grizz

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

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#11 posted 03-25-2013 05:46 AM

Walnut is coming – the new tree is about 28ft / 30” roughly …

The cherry tree’s hopefully we will get it’s a matched set of two sections of trunk so the color would hopefully match nicely.

The flitch that is ready I’ll pickup the first week in April. We’ll be cataloging everything.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#12 posted 11-20-2013 06:15 PM

Let’s see 270 days ago this was posted – I am hoping to get to cut up one small part of this that went w/ the backhoe THIS weekend. Ugh – wow I am so behind on my chores!

REALLY hoping this turns out to have good stuff in it so I can start turning bowls out of it. The big section is still sitting in the back of the mill – if this part turns out really good I may just go chainsaw that up too. I was hoping to get some form of slab out of it though. We shall see …

More to follow soon!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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