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Texas Walnut saved from the firewood pile

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Project by Arthouse posted 11-08-2011 10:26 PM 2811 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walnut tree taken from a side of the road rest stop. I caught these state employee tree choppers right before they started cutting it down into three foot sections to cart it off to the dump or the firewood pile . It took some convincing but They chopped it above the crotch and then at the bottom for a total of about fourteen feet. I took it to a local saw mill for the end process of cutting it up. Some of the pieces are twenty inches wide . How lucky am I . I know their are some other people out there cutting there own walnut but in Texas most walnut absorbs different minerals from the soil from other parts of the country giving Texas walnut a reddish and purple flake or color to it. It is rare to find but in Texas the trees grow only in creek bottoms. It takes three months of really cold weather to germenate the seed to start the growing process. It is also so much darker than regular walnut one has to be careful not to use a penetrating finish so as not to darken the furniture to much. Amazing all this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart





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derosa

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#1 posted 11-08-2011 10:40 PM

nice score, its great to be in the right place at the right time and a fast talker.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 10:56 PM

Nice save… lucky you!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#3 posted 11-08-2011 11:16 PM

We look forward to great walnut projects in the future.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 11-08-2011 11:34 PM

I got a walnut tree too. Its the best grain I have ever seen in a walnut tree.

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#5 posted 11-08-2011 11:37 PM

Score!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#6 posted 11-08-2011 11:53 PM

Its awesome ! It would have been such a waste if they had cut it into small pieces and burnt them. Enjoy your futur project!

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#7 posted 11-09-2011 01:55 AM

I’m turning green. I’m going to have to add you to my buddy list so I will not miss what you make out of it.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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B13

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#8 posted 11-09-2011 05:15 AM

Lucky you!

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kiefer

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#9 posted 11-09-2011 05:42 AM

You are a fortunate guy to score this log and I look forward to the projects coming from this log.

Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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Richard

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#10 posted 11-09-2011 06:05 AM

Very nice indeed. I use reclaimed trees in most of my projects and donate them to silent auctions. People seem to like the reclaimed trees turned into homemade projects from their hometowns. Looking forward in seeing your upcoming projects.

I like your treetop treehouse, very creative.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#11 posted 11-09-2011 06:25 AM

Wow after reading this I think that all the walnut trees growing in Texas ought to have a yellow ribbon tied around them with the tag, Do not burn!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 11-09-2011 06:37 AM

Great score.

-- bill merritt

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#13 posted 11-09-2011 11:07 AM

Great save .

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#14 posted 11-09-2011 12:53 PM

Wow I’m so jealous! That is a great score…... Very nice look fwd to seeing the projets from this once dried.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 11-09-2011 05:20 PM

Great save of what sounds like an unusual and beautiful piece of wood. Having observed your projects and
shop, it is going to the right person, who will make the most of this wood. How long will you air dry this
tree before you use it? I do not have all that much wood drying, but I still enjoy looking at it every so often
and trying to visualize what it will be in a year or two. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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