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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 02-07-2012 09:30 PM 1030 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys!

I don’t remember if I told you peeps about this one. Last summer I took home the biggest left chunk of a very old plum tree we used to play at when kids in my village, the new owner of the land having decided that it was too “tired” and had to go, he cut it down five years ago. I had taken home several big branches, which have wonderful color zones, but that big crotch sitting in the open was crying at me. So last summer I set up a night mission and brought it home. I’l tell ya, moving a 300 lb crotch with only a two-wheeled cart is, well, quite a manly experience. And wow, does it take up floor space under my workbench… lookit the beast:

24” in all dimensions. The big chunk at the front (from which I cut a first sample) came from just under the big crotch. It’s 8” thick, lightly spalted, full of burl, and has wonderful purple lines. I’ll show you a pen that I’ll turn out of some of it once I’ll have received my carbide inserts (no more turning with chisels!). If it’s nice enough, I might as well end up listing some of that ~100+ year old plum burl on eBay.

See you!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 10:10 PM

Looks like dangerous junk to me! Maybe you better send it to me so I can dispose of it properly, shipping at your cost of course.

Great steal!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 10:11 PM

Nice score. Looking forward to the pen.
I think you will like the carbide tips. That is all I use now.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 02:05 AM

The midnight run for wrestling stumps sounds like one interesting evening Soda … good luck with the new tools.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 05:23 AM

Night mission.?...sounds clandestine….....You are a wood ninja ! Good luck with your turnings !

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 05:25 AM

Looks like it could be very promising .

-- Custom furniture

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