|Project by tim387||posted 11-28-2015 12:51 AM||1252 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
I get these from the over grown limbs from ash trees I take down. The older trees give better material. The younger trees grow too fast to give character and gain color from the aged cut. It works better to use smaller knots as the larger ones tend to separate too much and then warp when they dry. These take extra hand work to bring them to size and thickness. Sawing isn’t much of a problem but they won’t go through the planer so I have to sand them to thickness. If there’s a large void I will fill it to give strength if needed. Any tree that has a covered knot should give you something like this. I cut8 or 10 inches above the knot to see how the heartwood looks in the branch. I haven’t cut up any of the other species knots I have yet so that will be interesting. The last shot is an end cut of hard maple and what I look for. I’m getting netter at looking at the wood, and not missing small holes where bugs can get in. The funny thing is they all want to get out and dive for the floor after the saw goes by.
-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker