Was fortunate enough to have someone come up to me at the Farmer’s Market and say: “I am having my sidewalk redone and they had to cut roots out to make room for the new walk. The workers are just going to haul them to the dump. Would you be interested in taking them and see what you can do with them? Of course I jumped at the chance not knowing what I was going to end up with. I didn’t get any before photos but this is what it looked like after we cut them:
It was exciting as the sawmill made it slices and I pulled them from the track. Suppose some folks would think it was strange that two grown men got so excited over an old root, but they were very nice and we didn’t know what we were going to get. As you can see I have the roots stickered and painted the ends to allow them to cure. Kind of funny how things happen, but I had just read the posts on LJ about how to handle green lumber and then I had some. And who says things don’t happen just because they are suppose to. As the lumber dries I will post more photos. The initial look tells me there is a lot of history in these roots and the grain pattern is awesome.
I only had room to carry the three roots I got, so I went back to get more and they were gone. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of these laying around and happily “take them off of their hands”.