Down south in Tasmania, at a little place called Myrtle Creek, you will meet the Carins Brothers… Rory, Roderick and George… The family have been timber loggers for 5 generations and have recently moved into milling the timber they log on the 600 acre family property… And what a great location to go to work… the views down the valley are breathtaking… I took some video footage while I was there last month and have just now got around to editing it into s...
Got out on the town today, and picked up some small tools I need. Chisels, files, a 2 ft. level, a bevel. And I finally got around to taking the old blade off the circular saw my FIL gave me. I clamped the blade into the machinists vice I’ve got, gave the bolt a jolt of wd-40, and then went at it with a wrench. I’ll get some new blades later this month. I also found a nice local sawmill that will do small lot surfacing and carries local hardwoods; they’ll als...
About three and a half years ago I got the opportunity to acquire several cypress logs that were being removed from a building site near my regular job. At first I planned to mill them into lumber myself using a chainsaw mill but I soon reconsidered that plan and they just sat in my yard waiting for me to decide what to do. Here they are, waiting… About the same time I also acquired several logs from three sycamore trees that were taken down in the neighborhood. Initially I had th...
The Traveling Lumberjock #4: Trenton, GA (Not far from Chattanooga, TN) - July 28, 2010 (w/ pics this time!)
NOTES: A lot of interesting stuff on this trip so I’m breaking it up into separate days. If you want to see the high res picture, click on the embedded picture and it will open a new browser window with the full high res version. This trip has been REALLY cool. There were a few issues, like my luggage not making it here. I guess I was due since this is the first time in five years of hard traveling it’s not made it to my destination. I’ve had it get delayed coming hom...
Week of July 12, 2010 – I fly to Sacramento and head up to Woodland, CA. I’m loving the name and I know there’s tons of walnut in the area from a previous visit a couple years ago. I start digging and end up hooking up with a guy who has a firewood company. I’ve had some decent firewood pile finds (Osage Orange, spalted ash, etc) so I drive over to 8320b (barn) Hazel Ave. Orangevale, CA 95662. Turns out his big business is natural pest control products (like lady...
I had a couple decent walnut logs dropped off a few months ago in a mixed load. They were butt logs that had grown together at the very base. The guy was smart enough to bring the base too. I have looked at this chunk of wood off and on, knowing I wanted to cut table top slabs from it. I could have done that with a big chainsaw, but that really sucks. I wanted to stand it on the mill and slice cookies…but it was just too big for that diameter wise. Over 3’ x 4’...my mill ...
It’s official – I have processed my first log !! Got the mill set up Got a log loaded (pine) Trimmed a cant Cut some boards The EZ Boardwalk was easy to set up and run. Sturdy frame and it just glides on the runners. Got a temporary cover over it for now. Hope to mill some cherry, hickory, oak, and cedar tomorrow!
So I decided to fix that with a few pictures of what I have been up to. Last weeks load. The pines I am cutting for the guy who dropped off the hardwood in exchange. I saw his logs into framing for his deer cabin and I keep the walnut (many)-catalpa-birch-elm…for myself. One of the catalpa is, well, LARGE. 50” x 8’ I picked the “ugliest” catalpa out first. I love ugly logs. I sawed out some live edge slabs for benches. 2” thick ~24” wide and ...
But I thought I would take the time to show a couple pictures. I got a call from a buddy of mine who takes care of a local cemetery asking if I wanted an ugly log they had been pushing around in the mud for a month doing an expansion. I asked what is it. He said “It’s just an old elm, but it has alot of forks like you like (crotches) and bumps all over it that look like big strawberries with twigs growing out of them (burls)” So maybe my buddies don’t know the terminol...
This week in urban logging #12: It's been awhile since my last report (but I came back with pictures)
I like crotches. I like milling them, I like making things with them. Some one dropped off this “crotchy” elm the other day. The butt log is kinda a big devil. So I cut one off to mill. I was a little bummed because I see 2 hearts, which usually means less figure/ more bark inclusion… I had to trim it abit to get it to fit the mill for width (more on that later) First slab looks decent. 28” wide…not bad for a bandmill that is advertise...
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