This weekend, I spent my time bringing home some walnut and maple logs. The limbs don’t make good lumber, even if they are big enough to make a saw log. Limbs are reaction wood and when you remove the weight from them they move, sometimes a lot! Saw a horizontal limb into lumber and you can make some nice pretzels and you won’t have to do anything… Just saw ‘em and watch ‘em curl. Same deal with leaner logs. I use some of the limbs to make bowls, rolling pins and other items for fun, but I can’t come close to using all the limbs and I hate to burn them. Here’s the load I took to the woodworking shop at the Senior Citizens Center.
This chunk of walnut is going to make a couple of nice bowls. When I have a stressful day, I take a chunk of green wood and it’s restful and relaxing to watch the ribbons of green wood shoot off the wood.
I made sure to get a good selection of crotches and limb sections that should have some interesting grain patterns when they are turned. I’ve still got a lot of chunks of walnut if anyone close to East Tennessee wants some.
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