I’ve had quite a weekend here in LA with the free wood gathering. It’s laughable to you folks on farms, or out in the deep woods with harvestable lumber all around you, but here, we have to beg for our scraps, or put down hard earned cash at the stores :)
Thursday night after work, I came home to find the green plant-matter bin out by the road, indicating the gardeners had been by (landlady pays for them 2x/mo). Unusually, however, were limbs sticking out of it. I only have a few trees, and they don’t really have anything like dying limbs that I can use. I’ve been interested in collecting usably-sized branches in the many species decorating streets and lawns here for use in my mini lathe, so it was an exciting moment. They don’t appear to have come from my yard, so it’s possible the gardners found them in their truck and threw them in my bin when they finished their work. I’d love help identifying them both.
There are more pics in the beginning of the Flickr set here
The second species is a simpler, straighter-limbed thing. It had no leaves whatsoever, but tons of twigs in a very busy display. Here are some pics:
So… any ideas? I wish trees all grew with some kind of unique ID, or a barcode :)
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator