|Project by Richard||posted 06-08-2010 06:15 AM||2900 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
This is a steamer trunk which I made from a very large silver maple tree once growing here in Boise. When I see a huge tree being hauled off to the dump, I see raw materials being wasted. This time I was able to save the large trunk and a friend sawed it up for me, and I was able to sticker and dry the silver maple. A lot of the wood cracked and ended up in my shop stove, but I did get some fine pieces. Silver maple can be odd, sometimes its very boring in appearance, other times its riddled with streaks, figure, and odd coloring depending on the growing conditions and the minerals in the soil. The last photo is what my shop looks like when you tend to dry your own lumber, it can be a mess.
Overall a fun but challenging project. I rather see the tree drying in my workshop, than on a flatbed trailer headed to the chipper or landfill.
-- Richard Boise, Idaho