Slabbin’ at More Wood
....and so once again the earth has settled,
the roar of the wind gives place to chance for a change,
and i am freed to continue my working of the wood,
since my tree friend has experienced a resurrection into the what of ‘wood art’….
And so having some free time….a few hours on Friday to start cleaning up some wood on this one, I preceded to work. What with the cutting and hauling to a wood pile, the small stuff for this winter’s soon coming cold, (yes, I know we’re barely into spring here) but to the one who does not plan ahead in New England….that one will fall behind….
....and so I will start by posting some pictures of this golden olden maple tree….that time just ran out on. The stump and base of the trunk here are measuring at 38’’-40’’ across….
....the length of the trunk that I plan to slab cut is a good 7’ in length….
....here we have a shot taken from the base of the trunk and looking forward….
....and yes, I also plan to get some nice wood from this end also….
Now since I am talking about slabbin’ wood here with a chainsaw, let me first remind all who are reading or thinking about using a chainsaw as I do here, that certain loss of limb and death await any who are not ‘planning safety’....and thinking through the process before they ever pick up a chainsaw. I do not try to scare no-one or any-one, as I learned long ago that scare stories scare none but the dead….it’s just that if one is not ‘planning safe’, (and notice I do not say; “planning for safety)....and why plan for safety since if you have not ‘planned safe’, then when your world falls inward there will be no-time to plan ‘for’ safety. Furthermore you want be talking about it and I or some-one else will be explaining the what went wrong to the ones you left behind. I use a Husqvarna 395XP, 7.2 HP and this one is a tool or lethal weapon….and as I tell folks, forget all that stuff about safety chain brake, since when this one is flat out with a 24’’ or 36’’ bar and you experience ‘kick back’....well….hmmm.
Now having said all that, I love chainsawing and slabbin’ the wood, so if you were around last year in the fall and want to refresh yourself on some good safety tips that I work by or if your new and want to read the how to’s of how I chain saw in ‘freehand style’, then I will post these links to last years blog stories as they speak much wisdom on chainsawing.
I will be posting some blog stories up and coming as I precede to start slabbin’ and cutting some more on this piece of maple. Actually I started some slab cutting on Saturday afternoon and will be writing more as the days or weeks continue. I am also in the process of maybe acquiring a chainsaw mill, to chainsaw this one and some others and I am also looking into kiln drying instead of the usual air drying that I do….since I am all-ready getting some feedback from folks asking about some tables and furniture that would be placed out of state….and I may need to speed the drying process up somewhat.
....so stay tuned and I will do my best to not disappoint any who are reading.
Now as many who read me know by now….it would be impossible for me to be working the wood and not have my eyes open and my ears tuned in to what this tree is talking. So I will post 2 photos of what I call up and coming ‘wood art’ which by the time I get done with this tree….will be all around me….
....and so I looked inside….
....and then I stepped back to gaze again….
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/