I just posted my first project: a rather long-winded story about my 19 year old deck and recovering from storm damage. The rest of the story is that my 80 year old tree gave me a lumber opportunity.
First, those big limbs were 16 inches in diameter where they joined the trunk. Several feet of each limb is now in the possession of a good friend who is a wood turner.
Second, the trunk was 23 inches in diameter at the base and 18 inches at a height of about 45 feet. It was hauled away in 8-9 foot sections by a guy who uses his sawmill to earn extra cash after working his regular job. I now have about 500 BF of 4/4 rough cut red oak, stacked and stickered in my backyard. I’m dreaming of the projects I’ll do when its ready to work.
Some of the wood has dark blue-black stains from iron hardware left in the tree – clothesline eyebolts, nails wound with wire, etc. Fortunately, my sawyer had a good metal detector! I’m thinking about making a workbench top with some of these pieces.
-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley