This morning after dropping my oldest off at school, I decided to get ankle deep in shavings. Still no project in mind, but I was able to get my favorite 3/8 spindle, 1/8 spindle, 1/2 bowl, and hollowing tool tuned up. I actually did try to make a natural edge goblet , but the wood had too many checks and it shattered on the lathe. I went out to my stock pile that has been seasoning for 2 years….
As it turns out, 2 years was too long for much of the assortment of logs and branches. I have a few large pieces of oak and sweet gum, but those will require a little chainsaw work to get ready. i lamented that my seasoning might have stretched a little too long. I was out of wood. :(
I took my youngest to my parents to help my dad remove some old cabinets. He said while your here, I need you to help me fell a tree…...my ears perked…. A 6” sassafras tree in their front yard was in danger of falling over onto a few dogwoods. Being in Atlanta, dogwoods are essential to landscaping of any decently aged house. (unlike the Bradford pears plopped in every subdivision built in the last 20yrs).
Since it was going to come down anyway, It fit into my preference of primarily using trees felled naturally of for reasons other than harvest….oh darn!!! :-)) So as I was piling up the trimmed logs, I see my father walk to the back yard. Following him, he starts to fell a 6” cherry tree….unfortunately without my mothers permission. To save my dads skin, I had to promise her something nice from the wood. I guess since I had no part in the decision to cut the tree…I can claim it as salvaged wood too!
Apparently my spiritual feeling toward wood and the use of wood had not turned stale enough to where i was forgotten by what ever spirit assured a random and steady supply to me in the past.
-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"