I’ve been reading up on Bradford Pear trees after a neighbor gave me two large sections of one of his trees recently knocked down by Hurricane Irene. The larger piece is 13-16’ diameter, 26” high and weighs 138 lbs wet. The smaller one is 13-14” diameter, 22” high and weighs 125 lbs wet. Seems this happens frequently with this species getting knocked down in high winds. I’ve also read that it is a favorite of wood turners.
They are extremely wet, having just been cut and it’s been raining like crazy here for days just soaking up all that water as well. I did seal the ends with Anchorseal after I took the pictures below. Will logs these decrease in weight some just by drying out?
I was thinking of saving the larger one for turning blanks and the smaller one slicing boards to use for intarsia. I just bought a Carter log mill jig for my 14” bandsaw upgraded with a 12” riser kit. I’ll probably have to chainsaw off some of the smaller piece to fit it into the jig and decrease the weight a bit so I can lift it and control it through the bandsaw I think there is a 20” long capacity….I’ve never done this before so any tips would appreciated. Is this too big of a piece to use that jig and try to resaw on that bandsaw? I did install a Highland wood turner blade into the bandsaw knowing I would need that to work on all of the Hurricane Irene wood I’ve accumulated. All of the other pieces I have are much smaller than these pieces.
How should I prep the larger piece to use for turning in the future? Cut into simple rounds or take off the bark too? Any tips on how to cut it into manageable pieces, do I cut now or let it dry out more, do I seal all sides of it once it is into wood turning blanks or only seal the end grains to promote drying? I’m pretty much a newbie just getting into the hobby so I need lots of help.
-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!