So we progress … scavenging away finding lonely and abandoned logs to take to the mill.
For those following you’ll see some progression shortly we are picking up walnut, locust, and cedar you previously saw off to the mill. That’s the first real take since the osage and mulberry we picked up from our 2011 scavenging. We will now begin to reap the ROI on the 2012 logs.
We will begin cataloging each slab this weekend as we pick them up and place them into inventory. We’ll also be going back through our storage and making sure we have detailed photos and measurements of each slab. We’re planning to begin a marketing program and also build some additional spec slab tables for a few gallerias. TBD on the details …
Anyway- yesterday I retrieved a load testing load of Osage, Walnut, and Cherry!
So here’s the ideas and that’s all it is now – the Cherry – thinking 3” (12/4) slabs that we will then use to make a few tables and matching benches. The legs will match at 12/4 to the tops. Depending on what we see when they are sliced open an assortment of butterflies and other inlay as required.
The walnut – there’s a large section of several branches coming into the trunk on the walnut – this was cut off the tip for bowls and other turnings. There is a 12ft section, a 6ft section, and an 8ft section. We’re debating just how to slice it up. The 6ft section will probably be thick sliced for coffee tables. The rest may not be all that interesting so we may just 8/4 it but I’m still tempted to go thicker.
The osage – well – here’s the crazy thought as it is a nice odd curve. We slice it flat along the curve to preserve the profile 12/4” thickness. We then take the two center pieces and flip them mirrored and joint the touching edges to bring them together to be a nice wide tabletop. The remaining two slices we then flip to match the profile of the outer edge of the table and turn those to benches. We’d I guess have to make two osage chairs for the ends. Really modern, who knows if it’s marketable but it would be fun to build!?
That’s one load from today – we also picked up a burly maple trunk. We’ll be getting more osage shortly as the trailer just wouldn’t hold any more when we had the mother load on there loaded last night.
Some of the last loads – the cherry is sliced to 10/4 … that’s going into the kiln I think shortly. We have about 12 other logs waiting in line including walnut, locust, maple, and not sure what one strange log was but it looked interesting I have to find out.
I have to go scavenging in a local park and some other places soon and see what they have. We are pending doing some cleanup at friends places for more walnut and some other exotics.
Stay tuned – this is going to get more and more interesting … AND we may just be putting some of this up on the market as we have no idea where we are going to keep all this wood!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com