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Milling Lumber (Chainsaw Mill) #1: Milling Lumber from 4 large Bradford Pear Trunks

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Hi everyone! My name is Will and I live in the upstate of SC and among other thinks I’m an amateur woodworker and aspiring lumber-miller. This is my first post on Lumberjocks but I’ve been following some folks’ projects and the forums for a year or so.

About a month ago I took down four VERY large Bradford Pear Trees for my grandfather. It was quite a big job because, like many other ornamental species, Bradford Pear’s have very full crowns and therefore many, many branches which I had to dispose of. This past Sunday I finally found the time to start milling some lumber out of the 18” diameter 36” long trunk. (The other three have diameters of 15”,20”,21”, respectively) I decided to just flat/plain saw 8/4 slabs out of the entire log and I was absolutely amazed by the color and figure that I found in this lumber, specifically with the two pieces that passed through the center of the log!

I decided to share this experience to see if anyone else has had experience working with Bradford Pear lumber. In the past few days I have found a few posts regarding trees that folks have acquired but none with any photos of projects in which they have used the lumber. I hope you enjoy the photos and I’d love to know what you think about the wood and any projects ideas that might pop into your head. Also I might be willing to part with some of the slabs if anyone is interested. Just let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Will

-- Will



8 comments so far

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robert triplett

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#1 posted 566 days ago

Beautiful wood. Wish i was taking a trip to my brother’s near Raleigh soon!! I found one board of this wood in a hardwoods place once. I made a nice box out of it. No idea if I have a picture. Thanks for showing the wood. enjoy it.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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Gary

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#2 posted 566 days ago

If you don’t mind bringing some to Texas, I’s love to have some

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 566 days ago

I have slabbed Bradford pear and was impressed with how tight the grain was. Ours fall apart every time the wind blows but the lumber seems very strong and stable. Wish I had more of it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 565 days ago

I haven’t had any pear trees, buts lots of other varieties. I love cutting my own lumber. Keep up the good work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Jim Rowe

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#5 posted 565 days ago

Very impressive pieces. I have seen similar markings in English Beech that were caused by the effect of salts in the soil being absorbed by the tree over a period of time. Pear is an excellent close grained timber to work with. Lucky you!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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shampeon

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#6 posted 565 days ago

Gorgeous wood. I’m interested in a slab if you’re serious about selling.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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climbnc

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#7 posted 564 days ago

Thanks for all of the comments everyone!!

-- Will

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climbnc

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#8 posted 564 days ago

@ shampeon: I’m certainly interested in selling some slabs. Since they were just cut the past weekend they are still green and heavy. Let me know which slabs you like from the photos above and we can go from there. Hopefully within the next week or so I’ll be sawing more so I’ll have some different slabs.

-- Will

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