Wood Gloat Another Large Sycamore

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Project by FordMike posted 04-25-2010 08:05 AM 3080 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tree that i drive by 10 times a day for the last 9 years. The tree is in the front yard of a small house near my work (Ford dealership, hense the nickname) I’ve watched this tree get trimmed twice a year forever and this year it got chainsawed back to the crotches, The tree was obviously becoming a nuisance. I’ve stopped many times and never been able to catch the owners at home I finally sent them a letter, introducing my self and the lady called and made an appointment, kind-of I didn’t understand her version of Spanish(I though) and she kind-of understood my English. I finally met her and her husband and they are Portugese, they barely speak English and once we had their daughter in the conversation, we made head way. The tree was going to cost them $1,500.00 to have removed, and they could’nt afford it, and they were suspicious of me offering to do it for free. They went on-line and saw my website- and decided to give me a chance. The tree was the easiest tree to fall already trimmed up the only catch was there is a gas line to the house at the base of the tree, the pallets are my insurance. Big face cut and directional back cut and and it hit perfectly, the last photo is it trimmed and ready to mill tomorrow, in the front yard next to the drive way, as long as the nail count stays down it will be done and hauled off by noon.

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#1 posted 04-25-2010 08:18 AM

Hi FordMike,

Glad for you that you stopped ! Looks like you landed a great find !
We’ll be watching to see what you make from this.

= )

-- Don't complain about growing old, it's a priviledge denied many...

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#2 posted 04-25-2010 04:01 PM

Quarter that sucker for all it’s worth. qs sycamore sure is great to look at!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 04-25-2010 06:00 PM

WHat does sycamore lumber look like? I know it feels heavy when green, but I never tried to dry it or work with it. Is it a hidden treasure only a few people know about it?

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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Grant Libramento

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#4 posted 04-25-2010 07:50 PM

Great find. Not only because of all the wood, but also because whoever trimmed it back to the crotches and cleaned up all the debris really did most of the dog work. :-)

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#5 posted 04-25-2010 09:49 PM

Great score. Persistance pays off every time. Looks you will get some great lumber.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#6 posted 09-18-2012 11:40 PM

I was curious so I googled it…found THIS

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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