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.
-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...