This is my hollow log story.
Im retired from the construction business, about eight years ago. I moved to Costa Rica about the same time. I bought and remodeled a couple houses and built the one that I live in. It took over two years to build. It’s a little bigger then a house; it has five separate living areas including the one that I live in. I live here with my wife and her fourteen year old daughter. We use the others for family and friends. More about us later.
Now the hollow log story.
I have a Tico friend (Tico is what Costa Rican’s call them selfs) who family owns the two saw mills here in San Ramon where I live. I told him that if he found anything odd I wonted to see it, so he called one day and ask if I wonted to see this hollowed log that he bough about ten years ago. It had been left it the jungle for over fifty years until this truck driver brought it in to make a full load. I was told that it wasn’t brought in before because it was to heavy to load with the equipment that they used. When I bought it it weight over 2500#, the wood is About 1.15 in weigh. After it was cut it’s had been exposed to the weather and insects for around 60 years. The end cuts only had weather damage for one half inch. A tough tough wood. The estimated age of the tree is around 400 years.
It is thirty eight inches round and about ten feet long. About 65% on the center is gone eaten away by insects. What is lift is to tough to be eaten by anything local
So I bought it not having any idea what to do with it. First I thought about cutting it long ways and make boards with it. But I changed my mind and cut it into wheels, I ended up with over thirty wheels. some are 2- 2 1/2 and 3 inches and the end cuts are about 6 inches.
I had to cut it into manageable pieces. The two inch one’s weigh around fifty pounds.
The name of the tree is GUAPINOL (Hymenaea courbaril) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatob%C3%A1 rose wood to some. Before most of it was gone, it was used for hard wood floors, there is some on the market for around $5.00 to $10.00 SF
I’m putting together a wood working shop to do this and other wood things. My Tico friend come up with some great wood. They have more then fifty different kinds at his saw mill in stock.
More later and I will find a way to show the picture.
The picture were taken by a good friend of mine (Ross Kelly) at my request.
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