A bit over a week ago I found some logs outside a neighbor’s place down the street while on my way home from work on a Friday night. They were Ficus microcarpa (AKA Chinese banyan, AKA Indian Laurel, AKA curtain fig, AKA etc…). Almost a week later – a few days ago – I found another load of the same logs in the same spot on my way home for lunch. This morning while heading into work, I passed the same spot, and the biggest haul yet was sitting there. I was running a few minutes late, but did a U-turn, and loaded them up, getting pretty dirty and sweaty in the process.
These are some very large pieces.
I got some more rooty sections:
It’s incredible how heavy these things were.
On the way home that night, happy with the score, THEY HAD PUT OUT MORE. Knock it off already! You know I’m a hoarder :) Here’s a shot of where I’ve been finding these things. The Bass sign was laying on them, but I didn’t want it, and carefully placed it aside.
Now that’s a load.
Their place is one of the prettiest in the area. Mine is a simple little box built in the early ‘20s, and barely updated since. What’s funny is that the lots are all the same size in the entire large neighborhood, meaning that people with large houses like this have very little in the way of yards. I think this one has a mostly-enclosed courtyard, though, which is pretty awesome.
So here’s the final 3rd and 4th hauls all together after work today:
And here I am (6ft. tall) for some scale:
Hand scale against the largest one:
I made another time-lapse of the unloading, this time at the truck. If I get another load, I’ll have to attach my camera to the dolly itself, and film the journeys of the logs. Then the set will be complete.
The best part of that time lapse is going back through it to grab the 12 frames wherein I’ve just removed another log. Setting them up to ping-pong back and forth in a GIF image, you can see the truck raise up and down on the suspension care of the tremendous weight of the logs:
Here’s the full pile on my back patio. This is all 4 loads stacked into an impenetrable wall:
From a distance, patio in view here:
I had to shove things to the other side a bit and sweep out the left half for the new fig logs. I definitely need to start cutting some things up, stacking and stickering them on the log racks, and making a bunch of green wood turnings to rid myself of some stock, if the wood can handle it. This is a really great opportunity – if the wood is of any use – to enable me to try out everything: stains, dyes, varnishes, wipe vs. brush, layerings, BLO, thinned topcoats, and the list goes on and on. I love having a lot of material against which to test everything, as it removes one of the variables by keeping the testing ground the same each time.
Here’s me for some scale again. It’s time to put this whole tree back together!
But for now I’m done. And it’s naptime. Goodnight.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator