I recently started a Sawmill business www.greenwoodmilling.comWe collect urban trees that have fallen or are to be removed and repurpose those into lumber and furniture.check us out and feel free to comment. SincerelyAttie Jonker
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 ...
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 ...
Calling all South African LumberJocks (and any other LJ’s ambitious enough) The town where I stay is looking to remove 22 trees from one of our parks, and is looking for a cheap option. With my little fledgling reputation as an urban miller, they approached me with a proposal – If I fell them, I get the wood as payment. Unfortunately, I’m not equipped to be a tree-feller, so I turned them down. I did, however, offer to do 1 or 2 trees, depending on the species and si...
No not that !! Get your mind above the belt. Here is the pile of Flamboyant (Delonix Regia) I started slabbing today.. And here are some gorgeous crotch pieces from the log to the left of the helmet in the picture above....This wood is a beautiful creamy yellow colour and is quite soft. Unfortunately the smell is not particularly pleasant – try to imagine a faint after-smell of pine vomit. I know that sounds gross, and it is, but fortunately it is not a strong odour. I wonder ...
I don’t really think I could call it a Kiln yet, but it is helping the wood to dry a little quicker. More than a year ago I started building a prototype solar kiln, but didn’t finish it for various reasons. Among other reasons, we moved to the farm, and there are more pressing jobs taking up my time. With all the logs I’ve been collecting and slabbing, I was running out of under-cover storage for air-drying, and anyway, my prototype kiln was never designed to hold thi...
I spent several days of the last few weeks slabbing a large Eucalyptus in a very public place (See my Rescued Wood Posts 8, 9, 10 11, 13), and many people stopped by to watch what I was doing, and to question me about my Alaskan Mill. One of these spectators knows someone who had cut a heavy branch off a Yellowwood tree because it was threatening his home & business. (let’s call him Jack) So, Jack is a lover of wood, but not a serious woodworker and he didn’t want to dump...
So you take one seriously grotty, old, dry, termite ridden, rotting chunk of gumtree (Eucalyptus).Strip off as much of the rot & termite crud as you can with a crowbar.Slice it on a bandsaw.And admire the beauty within after a little sanding and a quick coat of liquid wax .You never can judge a book by its cover
Well all 17 metres of Gum tree (see this post) have been sliced and are sitting in my drying room. In my previous posts I showed some of the beautiful slabs I cut out of logs that would otherwise have landed in the garbage dump, and just for kicks, here are a few more. ... And here are some pics of the process....Now we wait for many months until they are dry enough to be turned into projects.
So, yesterday while slabbing some Eucalyptus where is was felled in town, our local feller stopped by to ask if I wanted some log sections of a tree they had just felled. When I asked what it was he didn’t know, but promised to fine out from one of our local tree experts. True to his word, he drove by half an hour later and told me it was New Zealand Kauri Pine. I knew nothing about it, but his best chainsaw man told me it was quite hard, and the sample he had with him looked quite...
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