Slab Wood Tales
....in the working of the wood,
the stories of those who came before me,
are revealed as enlightened nuggets of wisdom,
where ‘ancient ones’ give thanks by offering to tell me their tales….
So today I thought I would travel some ground….or is that lay some ground work here and post some pictures. I’m going to throw in a plug here and say thanks to Zooomr for all their work that they have done, and have made available to all. Using this site has become my major source of photo hosting and they are also offering for FREE, INFINITE UPLOAD. And yes, thats 16 photo’s I uploaded this morning in about 5 minutes time….quite impressive, thank you Zooomr!
So in the name of Safety first, let us, ”work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood!”
I cut these last week and I’m not going to go into much detail here today, on the how-when-where-why as that will be coming forth in future articles about ‘freehand’ sawing and the different ways I approach the wood with my chainsaw to get slabs. I will mention once again that since I am slabbing the wood for benches and tops with a ‘live edge’, this process works very good for me, as I am happy with the thickness I can attain too by this process, 3’’-4’’ and better. I also use a broadax, power hand planers, slicks and many other tools to achieve the finished surfaces on my ‘wood art’ that just begs to be touched and stroked. I might add that if you ever see one of my pieces in a show or gallery, you will never see a sign that says ‘look but don’t touch’....wood is made to be touched and so I encouage folks to touch the wood.
These pieces here have been cut by using a Husqvarna 395XP and that means, 5.7 cu. inch, 7.1 hp of raw power, the bar and chain I used for these slabs is 24’’. More will be coming in the days ahead, so for now lets just sit back and enjoy some photos, since I have all-ready done all the work….
....I am also showing two different trunks here which I will explain in the coming days….
....after first cut….
....I am trying to show how steady and sure the cut can be made in ‘freehand’....
....and yes, there are secrets and tricks to doing this, which I will be revealing and if any-one has questions, well ask away….
....some slabs ready to be loaded….
....and yes, I do love that thickness in the slab….
....first cut off another trunk….
....more cuts, maybe for some-ones rustic mantle piece….
....after third cut….
....didn’t know what to do with this one….
....and then I cut and looked….
....stopping to look at some New England countryside in the fall can be a thing of beauty….
....and so I turned and looked at some more colors….
....well now it’s time to start gathering my slabs….
....and as I was telling in an earlier blog story, these trunks were given to me to use as firewood….at least that’s what the ones giving were seeing….I saw more into the heart of the wood….
....and as every cowboy knows, at end of day when all is loaded and work is done, it’s time to climb aboard my steel horse and ride for home….
....with the moon at my back….
One more note in closing, I am only to happy to answer any questions you may have, but as my days are long and busy, please excuse me if I sometimes take a day or two to get back.
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/