Glamdring and The Chainsaw Milling of Pine
....and so twas on one of my visits into the deep woods,
that i heard the tales of this sword beater called glamdring,
for in the presence of trees and all that speaks of wood,
i first was made aware of the weaponsmith’s of gondolin….
—-these were//are they who first learned the lineage of steel,
and how to work the metals needed to hold an edge in wood,
were as the times of woodworking continue in the landscape here,
i sought for teeth that would cut true in the use of wood….
....from within the soul of trees i came to be known as ‘one with wood’,
and so what came next was an introduction with those other’s,
who worked for wood in the skills that they were taught of old,
and so glamdring was passed on to this maker of ‘wood art’….
In writing this blog story of a ‘piece’ of pine wood which I have slab cut, with the help of Glamdring and one other this past Friday, I am showing maybe more then usual….you be the judge, since if one will look around, they will see various other tools and jigs laying around. Some of these I will describe and, then some I will just let be….unless one wants to pick some tool up and ask a question.
Let me also state that I am ’safety’ 365//24//7 and that is why what I offer is for the better-ment of any who might be interested in the way that I work wood. For what I do, the factor of safety is first and foremost, and once I’m in the ’action of wood’ mode, it’s work—-work—-work….too many factors going on to think about other things such as video cameras and photos of my-self in the picture. Safety is a ’planed existence’ of continuing to work with wood and when the camera is on my-self as an individual for this type of woodworking….that is a distraction that I do not need. The art to pre-form for wood with an audience is not my way. I might go on and add that if one wants to see this in action of setting, then one could all-ways email and come visit where I work. Just remember that we will not be sitting in some shop talking of wood, but we will be out there, where the wood speaks as ’action in happening’. And then I also wonder and so I will add, that while working with a camera and my-self in action is not my way, this is to in no-way imply that this cannot be other’s ways.
Now to continue with safety and chainsaw milling. Hard hat, gloves, safety glasses, ear muffs, chaps and clearness or focus of mind, are some of the few starters of safety one will be wearing and using. And did you notice I said….’will be wearing and using’, well thats just being safety conscious right? The point I’m trying to get across here is that any-thing less then this, is ’planning to have an accident ’ and then there’s all-ways that mess to clean up afterwards….ugh. The one who is not planning for safety….is planning to have an accident….and then comes ambulatory or death, (might I also add that ‘accidents’ don’t just happen and that this is just a word used for what amounts to not planing to be safe) just as safety does not just happen….but is an planned event 24/7!
This one was dropped earlier in the spring//summer and so has been patiently waiting for an opportune time. First cut is all-ways the most important to set up, since all other cuts will ride the wood according to what has been sawed on that first cut. What this means is that any imperfections along the cut from an improperly laid jig, will transfer to all other cuts. My jig that I’m using here is an old ladder, all-ready previous cut pine scrape wedges and then all screwed down with the use of 3-1/2’’ deck screws. Fancy….no, made by some known tool company….no, expensive….no, does it work and is this simple….yes! And so let us continue….
....now remember I did say simple….yes, and…..so I will add this is beaut-i-full. Now how about that crotch area and those swirls in the pine….
....well, 3 slabs in the wind and so lets take a breather. I will mention that Glamdring needs some fresh fuel between each cut….since this one is a Husqvarna 395 xp and is over 80 cc, the fuel mixture is 1:33, which also means a fill up of the extra oil unit out there on the end. Some wonder about that extra oil unit out there on the end of the saw and so I will give an explanation here. These saws of this size have adjustments where one can open the oiler up or down and, since this one usually runs with a 36’’ bar, I open up all the way. However when one goes past 36’’ and into chainsaw mills, it’s not going to happen that one can expect to get oil out to the end of a 60’’ bar, therefore an extra oiler working with gravity feed is used. The time I spend doing these fill ups and adjustments also gives the engine a moment or moments to just breathe and rest between cuts, while I also move the slab around to it’s next place of cure. Although this is only pine and not as heavy as maple or oak, at a slab cut depth of 4’’....there’s still some weight here….did I hear some-one say that they wanted to come and learn how to work some wood with me….so be pre-pared to sweat….safety again, no shorts….but just look at the beauty of those pine slabs….
....pausing to reflect on the beauty of my outside office space, never could handle that 7:00-4:00 grind, my day starts around 5:00 am and continues throughout the day till around 7:00 pm at night. The rewards though are many….clean air, healthy attitude of mind, the vigor of being physical, landscapes of woodscapes galore, plus if I need fellowship, it’s down the hill I ride on the atv to a friends house or the ones who come around from time to time and, then there’s all-ways the fellowship of trees. Did I mention the reward of getting to work with wood from start to finish….like dropping the tree, chainsaw milling into slabs, stickering and curing, design, planning the wood, joinery, assembly, and finishing the wood….no-short cuts, so some projects take years to complete plus all those other factors….
....three slab cuts now and all gassed up….
....guess I had better add some oil….Glamdring is ready, I’m ready and my other is ready so lets go and cut again….
....a couple of pictures here of the log these slabs are coming off of….
....it’s really not so much needed to seal the ends of pine this thick, (4’‘) since the pine sap will actually seal those ends up quite tight. However habits are hard to break and so yes, lets add some red 100% acrylic exterior paint to the ends here. The slabs are now at a reference point of around 36’’ wide….
....one last photo as this worker of wood climbs aboard his steel horse and rides for home. And in passing I might add with not a minute to spare, I’m in the garage when the heavens opened up and what a thunderstorm we had….
My next chainsaw mill cut will be on an-other piece of maple, after I finish up with this one. I think I will drop down to around 2’’ in thickness and see about getting some two to three more cuts on this one.
’’....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/