|Project by Richard||posted 08-12-2011 05:51 AM||1755 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
City had to remove some dying silver maple from Boise and I was able to save some logs from the chipper. Normally silver maple is quite bland, but as it the tree approaches its end lifespan, striping, spalting, and decay seems to enhance the wood. Even a honey bee hive within a tree cavity can make the wood colorful, as the warm honey soaks into the wood on those hot summer days. The only drawback is that honey soaked wood is very messy to saw according to my sawyer. The sawdust is sticky, but a tad on the sweet side.
I ended up donating the finished chest to our humane society silent auction.
-- Richard Boise, Idaho