Logitis Annonymous: Can You Pass By A Pile of Wood Without Stopping?

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Blog entry by mmh posted 10-22-2008 07:20 AM 2129 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was just wondering how many other crazy wood people are out there are like my husband and myself. I am relatively new to wood working but the bug has bitten me pretty hard. I live in a 50 year old suburban neighborhood that is very well treed. Many of these trees are 30-50 yrs. old and when a neighbor cuts one down the wood is left on the curbside for pick up. How many times have you seen freshly (or seasoned) logs, branches, wood pieces laying on the side of the road and just had to stop and inspect and try to haul a branch or log that was way too heavy in to your vehicle, or even come back with an under sized wheel barrel? It’s like the ant trying to harvest the grasshopper leg. It just don’t go, at least not very far nor very fast.

I have a load of maple under my porch from a year and a half ago. The logs range from 80-600 lbs. each. My husband and I spotted 3 large logs on the curb and asked the owner of the house if we could have them. They had been there for 3-6 months and the wife said her husband would be delighted to have them removed. Their 2 adult sons took all day to get them there. My husband and I got them in his pick-up truck in 5 minutes. The wife frantically called the husband on the phone and he ran home to show us MORE logs on the side and back of the house. We loaded 10 more pieces while the family watched us in awe. (The truck was parked down hill and we used ramps so it wasn’t that hard to roll them up a few feet, although we did get some help on the final up-push into the truck.)

We drove back to our house, 2 blocks away and unloaded most of them without mishap. My husband continued to unload the truck while I made lunch and I heard a lot of LOUD THUMPS in the driveway. The last log to tango with was not the largest, maybe 400 lbs., but it was the crotch piece, so it didn’t roll very easily. With an iron rod and a square rock/brick underneath, we managed to roll it halfway to it’s designated spot until we were too tired and gave up. Meanwhile I kicked the rock so many times to wedge it underneath to prevent it from rolling backwards, that I kicked my right hip out of alignment. My chiropractor calls it “Frog Leg Syndrome”. I call it Logitis.

This is not the first nor the last log haul but I’d like to hear some of your stories.

Alas, here is the cullprit as it sits on a concrete paver riddled with lichen. (The garden spade is 39” tall, 7.5” wide blade.)

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#1 posted 10-22-2008 07:37 AM

your not the only one. I cannot pass by one of those skip bins that they have at building sites without looking inside and salvaging anything worth keeping.

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#2 posted 10-22-2008 09:48 AM

A very interesting story. Pl add a few pictures next time, to add to the fun.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 10-22-2008 12:04 PM

I’m the same. i can’t pass even a little scrap of wood. or a log. or even a tree without looking.

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Daren Nelson

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#4 posted 10-22-2008 01:13 PM

I have blogged some of my log hauls here. I am hopelessly addicted. I cannot go anywhere without looking at fallen logs and at least attempt to get them home. I am most often successful.

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#5 posted 10-22-2008 01:53 PM

Last fall I loaded two ash logs into my work vehicle… a Toyota Prius, before I even owned a Lathe!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#6 posted 10-22-2008 02:00 PM

Some of the most priceless looks come from people watching me load logs into my BMW while wearing a custom suit.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#7 posted 10-22-2008 02:59 PM

Yes, we Lumberjocks seem to have the Logitis/Scapitis gene. It has gotten me into trouble on many a day. I am cursed with working in the heart of West Michigan’s furniture industry and have 4 sources of materials within walking distance of my office. That is also the only reason I went with a station wagon instead of a sedan. Must have space to hall all of that treasure home….

Yep, it is bad when you can just walk onto the shop floor of another company and have all the full-time employees know you by your first name…. That or they call you on your cell when they have something interesting for you! I have even been know to stash my treasures at work so that way my wife doesn’t know that I picked more free lumber.(Had to make cutting boards for everyone in my shipping department to keep them silent!)

Yep… I have it bad! I would not change it for anything!

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#8 posted 10-22-2008 04:44 PM

I can’t stand to pass up free wood, or cheap even. (see my latest blog about that) It pains me though that I can’t make my own lumber of any sort, so when I pass up a nice sized log, especially Black Walnut, I cringe and curse myself a little bit for not having the equipment to make lumber. Usually the only logs I do pick-up are the ones that are hollow in the center as they make great planters.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#9 posted 10-22-2008 06:00 PM

Oh, I didn’t mention the other more recent additions. My husband brought back two large logs (5 ft. x 24” diameter each) of Pecan from my mother-in-laws home in Georgia that fell during a storm this past spring. (I made her a cane last Christmas and I guess she likes it.) She saved the tree and he picked it up this summer. They are in my driveway so now only one vehicle can fit. One is upright, the other laying on it’s side. My Dad and I intend to create something out of them, don’t know what yet, but it will be with a chain saw. We both have too many projects right now to devote the time. I wish I had a local friend who had a portable mill. But then again, where would I put the lumber? I need to join Logitis Annonymos.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 10-22-2008 08:12 PM

A buddy of mine calls me an invites me to go to his secret “log dump” to cut some elm burl with him. He and I are working in this field with our truck getting fuller and flatter by the minute, in 95 degree heat with no rest breaks. I decided that I was tired of wrestling with the 4’ diameter elm (which was covered in burls all the way around), so i wandered over to where this 2’ diameter cherry log is. I was cutting into it to see what it looked like, and it was all burl. So I stop with all of the elm and started cutting cherry. I was using this maple stump to get the cherry off of the ground, when I realized it was all curly maple. So I started cutting that too!

Finally, there was some AAAA+ curly, spalted maple that was too good to leave behind, so I threw out some of the elm burl to load up the spalted maple. That was 2 years ago, and I still have some of the wood left…

Best. Day. Ever.

-- Steven

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#11 posted 10-22-2008 10:36 PM

me too. I can’t pass a chance to get free wood

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 10-22-2008 10:38 PM

nedB just reminded me. i got about 20 logs anticipating a lathe up to a year before i got a lathe.

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#13 posted 10-23-2008 01:55 AM

I drive by a tree that I think is soon going to fall, just hoping it fell during the last storm.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#14 posted 10-23-2008 04:40 AM

I have an older brother who called me up one day to bring my new Chevy truck to haul a cherry log he had cut. It was uphill and all we had to do was slide it down on the road. We stood it upright because it was too heavy to lift. We turned it over into the bed of the truck. Unfortunately, it folded my new tailgate into a V. He could tell I was extremely disappointed. He just looked at me and said, ” That’s a working truck now”.

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#15 posted 10-23-2008 05:04 AM

So, where are the photos of the projects from these woods?

The crotch piece of Maple that threw my hip out of wack is full of fungus growth. Since it was very green when we hauled it, and it’s not protected, it grew like crazy. I tried killing the fungus with rubbing alcohol. That seemed to stimulate it. It was on the dirt, but now it’s elevated so I’m hoping it will stop spalting. It will be interesting chopping into it. I can only imagine it can be made into a bulky sculptural chair or bench or just a sculpture with all the fungus growth.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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