"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #7: "Slabbin' at More Wood and Planning Safe "

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Blog entry by frank posted 05-12-2008 04:37 AM 1361 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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…. 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.

Work Smart, Work Safe, and Live to Work The Wood

McCulloch Super 33

Slab Wood Tales

More Safety, Chainsaw….Broadax

Homelite 26 LCS

Homelite 26 LCS and more…..

Going from Horizontal to Vertical in Freehand

Wood Ballet Dancing in the FreeHand

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. 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….

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....”

-- --frank, NH,

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-12-2008 04:52 AM

Thanks for the post, Frank. That is some serious wood you have to work with. Thanks for the chain saw advice. What you give is sound advice and should be taken to heart.

I enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-12-2008 07:28 AM

Hi Frank,

Nice piece of wood. I’m glad if a tree’s time has come that it falls into (from) your hands as I know you’ll see it right.

Wrt kilns, I don’t have any experience but I am intending to kiln dry my own lumber too and have spent some time looking at designs and reading about the experience of others. I intend to build a solar kiln – no sense adding to the burden of the planet when nature can do it for you. My main reason is that I cannot rely on using that much power at my site ( which will be provided 100% renewable using micro hydro but may be insufficient for running a giant heater ) but also because, in my case, drying NZ Beech too quickly has been known to cause honeycombing. With a solar kiln, it naturally heats up during the days and cools at night which keeps the wood from stressing from rapid moisture removal and so this way is actually the best way to dry my wood.

I think it’s worth considering and making an informed choice.

That 395XP is a beast of a machine and before anyone picks one of those up, I would also recommend a chainsaw safety course – actually I would recommend picking up a much smaller machine for a first timer! If anyone has accidentally experienced even a bit of kickback from a machine like that – even after proper training- I can assure you it will scare the beegees out of you. I’m quite happy with my 357XP which is about 1/2 the size of the 395XP.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 05-12-2008 12:39 PM

I have been using chain saws since was 20 (I climbed trees for two years then) and to this day they still scare the hell out of me. I am very happy that I am still worried every time I pick up a chain saw and i pick them up quit often.

I wish I had BIG trees on my 5 acre lot, almost everything I have is under 12” so I have probably another 10 years to go before I can think about cutting anything but fire wood and a few turning blanks :)

Great pics of the word, I always enjoy reading your posts Frank, Thanks for taking the time to let us into your life.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#4 posted 05-12-2008 08:53 PM

It is spring…time for the maple dance….

Lot of wood art there, good thing it fell into the hands of a wood artist!

Interesting piece in the last two pictures there, perhaps a box of sorts, an outside-the-box box of course.

Thanks Frank!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 05-13-2008 02:47 AM

Thanks Frank, I have a 14” log in the garage waiting to be cut in half for a bench. I’m really enjoying your previous blogs.

-- Gen 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

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