|Project by Thomas Porter||posted 05-26-2008 09:40 AM||3674 views||0 times favorited||20 comments|
Okay so some times I bite off more than I can chew. This is one of those times. My friend Mike (in the first picture) said he wanted to get rid of an Olive tree at one of his rental properties. This immediately sparked my interest and I told him that when he wanted it to come down, I’d be happy to do it and take it away. I had never cut down an olive tree before and I’ve seen how beautiful it can be so I thought… worth a shot.
Holy Crap! This tree was hard. The main branches were a cakewalk but the main trunk of the tree was very difficult. It took me 7 chainsaw chains to get it in the truck and I used a backhoe profusely to get the thing moved. VERY HEAVY. I have a bunch of lumber now that I need to mill up and cover the endgrain with the waxy solution stuff, but I’m not sure I’m going to cut down a tree for a while.
Just as a happy note. The burls I got are gorgeous. This was a very big and odd shaped tree. There’s going to be some sweet turnings from this puppy.
-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ, www.thomasporter.com