I was putting in the rafters on my shed roof today, when while taking a break I noticed a message on my machine from a friend. He had spotted a fallen tree, which didn’t make it through today’s heavy wind storms here in LA. I grabbed my Irwin carpenter saw – the best hand saw I’ve used so far for wet logs (I’ve tried 3 now) – and headed out in my inadequate hatchback. It’s getting traded in for a truck soon, hooray. This was the pile I found:
The man in the house behind it was out talking to someone walking past, so I headed over and asked if he thought anyone would mind me taking it. The city had conveniently cut it up, and would be back for it later, but usually those guys are glad to be relieved of the load by wood scavengers. He said to take it, and also take the live one next to it, only half-jokingly. I couldn’t – don’t want to kill trees, particularly, and can’t remove city trees without permits and such. I loaded the big stuff, then cut up the small stuff, and left with my car looking like this:
And back home:
I had to come back for the large stump, and had forgotten my favorite saw there, too, so I headed back, never found the saw, but found the neighbor next to the fallen tree dragging more of it out to the road. The remaining pile had nearly doubled when I got back. I don’t know where it was coming from. I didn’t see any debris in that guy’s lawn, but there were many smaller pieces cut up I could pull out of there, while also scouring around for my missing saw. I eventually managed to get the base of the tree into the car, with great effort. Here it is, with the rest of the haul from the second trip:
And here’s the final pile – both hauls – on my back patio, with me for scale:
What a load! Well, for me in the city of Los Angeles it is. You folks out in the woods are laughing, as I would be if I still lived with my parents deep in the woods. We used to have 100x this pile to split – a never-ending chore for me growing up. The cuts were extremely sappy – the goopiest sap I’ve ever seen. It was oozing out like a slime more than a sap.
This is officially the dirtiest I’ve been in LA, and it’s all dirt-impregnated sap, which took a lot of rubbing with Goop-Off to remove:
Now the big question… Anyone know what it is? Here are some leaves and flowers to help you out:
I came up with a simple idea and location for some wood racks that will keep off direct rain, but leave all of the logs and things I’m finding these days out in the open air (and out of the sun) to air dry.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator