I’ve spent the entire day cutting trees into logs and bringing them home… They aren’t lumber yet and all of them are not here yet, but it won’t be long now. Here’s a couple of shots of the maple. It’s a little over 30’ long and the big end is 36”. It’s been down a year and it’s spalded, but not punky. I cut into it to see what it’s going to look like after it’s sawn. It’s also tiger striped through and through. I have to wait to bring it home. My log arch will straddle a log 32” in diameter and this one is too big to pick up. I’ve been building another one that will straddle a 48” log that’s 16’ long. I should have it built and bring this log home next Saturday.
I put one of my stocks at the end of the log and you can see it in both photographs. It’s 30” in length. The owner of this log saw my Timberking 1220 sawmill next to my house and a few logs. He stopped and asked if I would haul it off for him! Will I ever. This may be the most figured maple I’ve ever cut. Opening a log like this is like digging for buried treasure…
The walnut trees are in a back yard and down a steep hill. I cut the logs 10’ long to make them lighter so we could pull them up the hill slung under my log arch. It took a couple of tries to get the heaviest butt log up the hill, but we didn’t spin the wheels too bad. The walnut is a beautiful dark chocolate color. This was a yard tree with lots of Sunlight so the sapwood is a little thicker than it would be if the tree had grown slower under the shade in a forest. Here’s what it looks like trying to pry up the back end so I can get the front safety chain attached. If the log is a few feet longer, it balances and it’s easy to latch the safety chain.
This next photo shows the top of the tree. There’s a couple of 12” diameter logs left to pick up. The bottom tree had a huge fork that’s going to be some serious flame grain. I should be able to get enough figured wood from this crotch to cut seats and backs for two Maloof style rocking chairs! Yep, I’m slabbing all three trees 2 1/4” thick and they should make a lot of rocking chairs. I’m going to take most of the large limbs to the woodworking shop at the Senior Citizens center.
The last photo shows the other walnut tree where the butt was cut from the stump. I’ve got permission to use a backhoe and dig up the stumps. The tree service that dropped them left enough wood on the root ball to make gunstocks from them too. Anybody in East Tennessee that has a backhoe and wants to trade some digging time for a gunstock or even a rocking chair, send me a PM and let’s go digg!
This log is also too big to bring home today. I hate to leave it while I’m finishing the big log arch, but I don’t think very many people around here have any way to move it… I’ll post some pictures when I get a chance to saw these logs into lumber. The maple should have something over 1000 bft of lumber and all the walnut logs should have about the same amount of finished lumber.
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