"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #11: "Two Maples....One Pine and, ...."

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Blog entry by frank posted 05-21-2008 01:50 PM 1723 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two Maples….One Pine, and…. i stepped outside to the wonders of an outdoor workshop,
where some trees where culling my name,
having not much time to pass with endless chatter,
i reached down and turned my cell-phone off


....and so i went up last week and payed my respects to an old friend,
one much wiser then me in all the ways of wood,
who welcomed me back since our meeting of last fall,
while even now this one is busy in the giving of thanks
—by flp

Getting to be the time of year here when after putting those machines of winter to sleep….I start or have all-ready started the wake up of the machines for summer. Now having said all that, let me jump on ahead here to some trees, (3) that have come my way. I am in the midst of preparing to chainsaw mill these 3 trees into some slabs and maybe also some dimensional lumber. I will be writing and posting some stories and images of the process, once the work gets more under way….that is just as soon as I can get through some serious kayak days around here. I will start out here with a little background information and prep work on these trees and then also proceed too, in future blog stories, to give some information on the chainsaws I am using plus information on the chainsaw mill I will also be slabbing these with….

....this pine had reached the time when the the owner needed the tree to come down, so here’s one I’m looking forward to slabbing up….

....nice base trunk here….and 36’’-38’’ from side to side….

....i am looking to get about 8’-9’ feet of length here of pine slabs….

....I will also be looking at chainsawing some dimensional lumber out of the end here…. here is a good part of a branch that tapered off and out….

....and of which I am also looking at for sculpture and lumber…. I will also be chainsaw milling this maple out for some slabs….and if I remember right the length is around 6’ here….

....and 34’’-36’’ from side to side at the base…..

....also I’m including some more photos of this sugar maple, which I have already started some work on, in order to prepare the trunk for milling of slabs. This maple should yield some great slabs in the length of 7’ at 38’’-40’’ wide….

....I am also thinking about and how to cut this section here, so as to get some wood with nice form and character….

....well that wraps it up here for today. However I will leave you with one photo of some ‘freehand’ chainsaw slabbing that I have already started on with these smaller pieces….and yes, more to come….

Thank you.

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

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 02:03 PM

Nice lumber, Frank! Can’t wait to see what’s hiding inside for you to bring out.

-- Rick Snail, Omaha, NE --The only stupid question is one that isn't asked.

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 02:07 PM

Great post, Frank. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-21-2008 02:10 PM


It does look like you have your work “cut” out for you. I am sure that with your vision you will do right by these old friends.

Keep us posted on what discoveries you find hidden within the wood.

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

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#4 posted 05-21-2008 02:14 PM

Nice frank.

There should be some beautiful grain in the Maple log at the joint of all of those branches.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 05-21-2008 08:27 PM

Well you know what they say ….”The woodcutter is warmed many times by his wood….”
I am certainly warmed looking at that big ol maple tree …..
I bet he has been a good friend …
He may be the biggest maple i have ever seen ….
Oh baby ….
I remember the story told by the Arbor Day Foundation ….
A piece of property in Northern California was sold…I think around Humboldt someplace …
Anyway on that property was a large ….really really large Redwood tree maybe 200 ft tall .
I think the buyer bought the property to harvest that tree …
When he cut it down …..
It was very very rotten throughout and when it hit the ground was all crumbles and there was not enuff bd ft of lumber to make a fence around his garden …...The picture in the ARbor day booklet showed the owner of that tree standing on the stump …not smiling ….
But the tree was soon to come down anyway …

What did that story have to do with your Maple and Pines …nothing …cept it is a tree story …
good luck with your trees and chain saw and all involved and

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#6 posted 05-22-2008 12:33 AM

Wow Frank, you’re going to enjoy that. I can’t wait to see what you do with it…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 05-22-2008 01:54 AM

Excellent poetry, Frank. And excellent tree…I know you’ll do it justice…and appreciate it’s sacrifice every day.
Thanks for the inspiring post.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#8 posted 05-22-2008 02:29 AM

Nicely done Frank, Nicely done.
I see many good things coming out of all your hard work.

-- Backwoods Sawyer Portable Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 05-22-2008 01:56 PM

Hello to all….;

—-hi Rick; ....I believe your reading my mind also. I am always excited to get inside the tree and see what’s in the wood….

—-hi trifern; .....thanks…..

—-hi Scott; ....actually I had to laugh when you mentioned my ‘work cut’ out. And so again I will add, workin’ hard or hardly workin’.....

—-hello Karson; ....yes, thats what I’m hoping and believing for also….

—-hello Mike; thats what makes this story blogging so good….an-other story within a story. I am all-ways delighted when a photo or story awakens another story within the mind of a reader. I’m glad you took the time to write the story….

—-Hi Steve; ....waiting to see what I do with the wood. Haha….some of these slabs may go to a kiln for drying and the other’s may air dry. That air drying will take some years down the road….so stick around and well see what happens. Actually some of these I may also sell, especially the ones going to the kiln….I guess I’m all-ways thinking ahead by a few years….but then again, I may do a table or two out of the kiln dried wood….

—-hi Barry; ....all-ways glad to hear from one who loves wood and poetry….which makes for some great combinations….

—-hello Backwoods; ....glad to have you stopping by. I went over to your website last evening and spent some time getting to know you from over there….great website and a great ‘beast’ of a portable sawmill….great country also where you are located…..

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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