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We have a limited selection of hardwoods here in Alberta and the prospect of finding suitable pieces for turnings in stock with local suppliers is dismal.
I have been on the prowl for a couple of years to track down and process some Manitoba Maple and last week I got pretty lucky.
Quite by accident, on my way home, I noticed a felled M/maple(BOX ELDER) in a fellows’ yard.
I whipped around the block and knocked on the door.

The conversation went like this:
Me- Are you going to use that wood or burn it?
Him-”Well I’m going to burn some of it and use some but you can have the rest”
My heart is pounding now but not half as hard as it did loading these pieces into my truck.
Some where close to 200 Lbs
Turns out the fellow is a really nice guy and he helped me with the loading and I in turn, helped him with some chain sawing of the pieces he wanted to keep.
I made two trips to gather these cants here and I have nearly sealed all of them. (I ran out of sealer but getting more today)
This type of wood is loaded with water and weighs a ton when green.
If you leave it to dry it will develop cracks big enough to hide your dog in.
It starts cracking out as soon as it hits the ground so time is of the essence.
Next comes the “butchering” the pieces into rounds for the lathe. I’ll pick away at that as time permits.
Suffice it to say that I didn’t need any rocking to get to sleep last night
m-maple-f

More to follow- some green turning…

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner



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mot

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#1 posted 2436 days ago

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 2436 days ago

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 2436 days ago

There are some fine looking pieces there with you name on them Spud.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 2436 days ago

I’ll keep an eye out to see what you transform them into. Great score!

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#5 posted 2436 days ago

Bob #2,
I’ll bet there’s going to be some fun had in your shop as soon as you rest up. If you have time, can you talk a little about your chain saw in the next installment? I’m needing to buy one because I have some logs out back about the same size and a little bigger. Unfortunately, mine are not maple like yours, but good practice stock none-the-less. And, they make my heart pound just like yours does !

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#6 posted 2436 days ago

HI Calgirl:

If you are going to use it on a continuing basis get a big saw. You need the extra power to keep yourself safe from a kickback or stall and engine problems.
If you are only doing this once in a while, just rent a big one and get a decent 3 hp ten pounder for all the rest.

Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 2436 days ago

I have found that an electric model is a great machine. Easy to start and never had a problem with it stalling. I’ve got a Still, bu the electric model is used most ofter. Especially if you are up a ladder.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 2436 days ago

Karson, I agree with you. that’s the weapon of choice whenever there’s power around.
http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/boboswin/blog/2558
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 2435 days ago

Great looking wood – right up my alley!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 2435 days ago

Pass me that chin rag, Mot. That reddish look around the heartwood looks mighty box eldish. I’m googling Manitoba Maple.
It is!! It’s box elder. Oh Bob, SCOORE!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 2435 days ago

Folks a couple of those pieces are almost solid red in places.
This is going to be a great tree to give a new life to.
Yep, Box elder at it’s finest.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Dorje

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#12 posted 2435 days ago

What are you sealing them with?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 2435 days ago

I read a few comments then scroll back up to the top to the look at the picture . . . read another comment . . . scroll back up. Wife asked what I was doing . . . I replied with “Just looking at Bob’s new stumps on Lumberjocks.”

Note to self: It never hurts to ask. You may get exactly what you are asking for . . . and a new friend in the process.

Way to go Bob!!!

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#14 posted 2435 days ago

Dorje, I am using the Lee Valley version of Anchor seal today.
They call theirs end sealer. The advantage with these wax coatings is that you can see through them when they dry which gives you a road map to figure out how to cut them up later. It’s pricey but so is lumber.

Sawdust, that’s what LJ is all about. Helping each other enjoy this fine craft safely and at reasonable cost.

Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#15 posted 2435 days ago

Bob, Ditto as per Tom’s first respoce. Droooool!! Tom, will you close the gate, so I can open mine!!!

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