The start of a couple Red Oak, Elm, and Cherry Bowls

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Project by Tony Z posted 07-22-2008 02:45 AM 3309 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last night at 1:30 AM my wife and I awoke to what sounded like a series of gunshots in the back yard followed by large thud which shook the house. The sound is almost indescribable. We thought a tree had fallen into our house but no, it decided to take out a portion of the neighbors instead, along with their friends car. Funny thing was, it was a calm, storm-free night. I guess it just got one leaf too many. It was a huge Red Oak tree with a large split in the fork which I’ve been monitoring for the last year. By the way, it was not on my property or my neighbors but just over the line. On the way down it took out a nice size cherry tree and elm tree. It snapped the 12” Diameter cherry tree 12 feet up. I think I’m going to make some commemorative bowls for the unlucky home/car owners. It was awwweeesome. Sorry about your car man.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#1 posted 07-22-2008 02:55 AM

Not to mention, a cherry gear shift knob, wood veneer door and dash panel accents, red oak cup holder, etc.

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#2 posted 07-22-2008 03:03 AM

that’s nice little score!
I like the idea of giving the car owner a bowl.

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#3 posted 07-22-2008 03:07 AM

I have a friend that has a tree next to his house that is grown over this house. This has been like this for 10-15 years. Well when I move to the area from Chicago me and my wife noted the tree 5/6 times. We said this is the last time we are going to say something, why don’t you have the tree limps removed from falling on your house. He said I lived from a farm if something happens we will just have to rough it for a few days. Well as its turns out he’s just to cheap to pay someone to fix it. I will show him this so he can see what will happen if a storm come this way this season.
Oh did I note that he lives 3 miles from the Gulf. That’s in Florida.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 07-22-2008 03:09 AM

That is an awsome hood ornament.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 07-22-2008 03:55 AM

Ouch – looks like a new car for someone and lots and lots of project wood for you.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 07-22-2008 04:46 AM

Cheap is one thing, but thats crazy. If he really is that cheap, he’ll probably win out though. Insurance will fixa house, but won’t pay to get a tree like that removed.

That is nice of you. I was laughing thoughbecause I’ve never done any turning. If I had offered to make a neighbor a bowl, they ‘d be thinking “Great. First a trr falls on my house/car, then I finally get it fixed and have to put this ugly thing in it”. Lol A very nice gesture from a more talented man than me.

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#7 posted 07-22-2008 04:51 AM

We’ve quite a few oaks and pines that get me thinking when the winds start howling or the lightning starts ripping. We took out an oak right behind the house that had about a six inch wide rot inside a two foot wide tree – glad we got it when we can – no, I didn’t try to save the red oak…

-- John

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#8 posted 07-22-2008 04:53 AM

brianinpa – lol!

-- John

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#9 posted 07-22-2008 04:53 AM

WOW! That looked like a really nice car too. Its a shame it had to ruin the car, but good luck on the bowls and be sure to post them.

-- Steve-o

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#10 posted 07-22-2008 05:04 AM

Nature sure has a funny way of pruning. Looks like a lot of nice bowls though. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 07-22-2008 08:57 AM

This is a timely post for me because on the way home today, I picked up some wood left by the curb for heavy trash day. I picked up two bundles of three logs and put them into the back of my car. I’m still recovering eight hours later. We sometimes forget how incredibly heavy trees are I think. The wood I moved was only about 7 inches in diameter. That tree has to be several tons at least. And all of this from one tiny acorn. Just imagine the weight of a giant redwood. On top of the miracle of a tree being able to grow to such heights and not fall over just from gravity, the beauty of the wood will live on for many years in the projects it spawns. I can’t imangine anything like this coming from anything but God.

-- Jim

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#12 posted 07-22-2008 10:33 AM

Looks like that will keep you busy for a while!

Thanks for the post


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#13 posted 07-22-2008 01:57 PM

I lost a couple of limbs last summer from a pine tree. No storm or wind and rain, it was from 100 degree heat and the sap expanding or exploding. Be sure and post the bowls.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#14 posted 07-23-2008 12:35 AM

What a creative way to come up with some nice and cheap (at least for you) turning stock!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#15 posted 07-29-2008 05:58 AM

We had a huge storm about a week ago with straight line winds of up to 95 miles per hour. There are trees down all over the place. I hate seeing these trees turned into wood chips or firewood. If I knew of an owner of a portable sawmill I’d try to salvage some of the trees. In the park close to where I work there are at least five large trees worth turning into lumber.

If anyone know of an owner of a protable sawmill in the eastern Iowa/western Illinois area please send me a personal message.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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