For the past couple months I’ve been trying to get my hands on some green wood to practice with. Aside from being cheaper it’s so much nicer to turn and there’s very little dust involved. I called several tree services around town and finally found someone who was willing to let me come by and go through his wood pile. Unfortunately, work got in my way three weeks ago, and the flu got in his way the week after that. Work was hectic again this week so I was expecting to go another seven days without any wood to play with.
I asked my fiancée’s parents to be on the lookout for any freshly fallen trees around town; if they found anything I asked that they call me so I could go check it out. On Tuesday I got a call from my mother-in-law while at work…she was very excited. “Guess what I found!?” she asked. It turns out that this wonderful woman spent the better part of two hours lugging huge chunks of a felled sycamore into her Subaru. I now have a nice pile of beautiful soaking wet sycamore to turn into long ribbons all over the floor of my shop.
Friday rolls around and, on my way home from work, I passed by a yard where a huge maple had just been cut down. Once home I ran into the house and yelled to my fiancée that I wanted to run over and get some more wood. “Ok,” she said, “but first I want to show you something.” I should have known by the grin on her face…she took me out to the shop, and there on the floor was a nice long piece of trunk wood from the very same tree that I had seen on the way home.
So, now I have lots to play with, and no way to cut it up! Not being very patient, I decided that a chainsaw needed to be purchased immediately. I headed over to Lowe’s today and, after much internal debate, I went with the 18” Poulan Pro.
I have yet to actually use it – my lady demanded my presence inside the house – but I fully intend to get out early tomorrow to start making some sawdust. Again, being mildly impatient, I had to make at least a little mess. Using one of my Bear saws I cut a small chunk of the sycamore limb wood, threw it on the lathe and started it up.
Now, if only there were a few more hours in the day.