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Blog entry by rustfever posted 09-23-2011 05:04 AM 1593 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently gifted three large stump/logs. Two were Oak, one was Walnut. The oaks were 40” x 7’ and 64” x 9’ and the Walnut was a 38” log/crotch/ x 8’. All three had been in a ‘Burn Pile’ for 15+ years, however the burn pile had never been fired..
It was necessary to do a lot of cleaning and trimming before sawing. Today, we took to logs to the sawyer and looked inside. First, the oaks showed a great deal of rot, infestation, checking, and cracking. But we were successful in obtaining a significant amount of good usable wood. We found Tiger Stripe, Fiddle Back, and just nice quarter sawn graining. Of the over 7,000 lbs of Oak, I belive we will have over 2000# of high quality wood.
The Walnut log/stump was a surprise. First, the exterior showed a significant exterior rot and cracks. But when the sawyer opened it up, we found Birds Eye, Fiddleback, Root Ball grain, and lots of nice classic straight Walnut graining. The Walnut log/stump weighted about 3,000# when we got it. After all of the culling, we have about 1,000 # of spectacular wood.
Another of the surprises was the moisture content [MC]. The Oak was near 7%. However the Walnut was still in the high teens [about 17%].
I significant portion of this wood will make it way to a nearby High School Woodworking Department.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 05:18 AM

Nice score.. and I hope the HSWD appreciates all this…lucky you and lucky kids..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 05:57 AM

Great gift. But, where are the pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 06:20 AM

+1 in regards to pictures!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 10:50 AM

Sorry about the lack of pictures. I was unable to figure out how to put them in this Blog. It appears there are a few pages of instruction regarding this, but it is in Greek to me. [I am not Greek]

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 09-23-2011 03:29 PM


Pictures are easy on this forum. In the blog edit window or in the reply window, you’ll see 4 icons above the window you are typing in. Just click the one labeled “img” and the website will pop open a place where you can put in the address on your computer where the picture you have ready is located. Click browse and you can look at the contents of your hard drive and find the photo you want to use. Before you get online “right click” on the start box at the bottom of your Windows screen and pick “Explorer” and use the graphic interface to look over your hard drive and find the photo you want to use. I take a lot of photos and save all of them. To keep things manageable, I don’t use the software that comes with a digital camera, I move the memory card to the computer and copy the files to where I want them… I make a directory on the root directory. ie: c:\photo Then make a subdirectory using the year. ie: c:\photo\2011 And each day when I copy files from the memory card to my computer, I use the days date as the directory name. ie: c:\photo\2011\092311 That way I can save and find photos quickly. If you need photo editing software to make pictures smaller or to make changes in them, just google “Gimp windows download” and download Gimp. It’s a free graphics editing program that’s as full featured as Photoshop only it doesn’t cost $600! It is complicated and full of features, so you won’t learn to use it overnight. If you’d paid $600 for it, you’d spend the time to learn how to use it, so do the same with Gimp and you will be rewarded. You can also google, “gimp tutorial” and find a huge amount of information on how to use the program.

I can’t wait to see the inside of your walnut log. Walnut sapwood will rot very quickly, but the dark hardwood will last many years before it’s unusable. I’ve only seen one dead walnut that wasn’t usable. It had been dead 20 years in 1968 when I first saw it and last year, I sawed into it to see if the center was still usable. Sad to say, it had so many cracks that it was past using.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 09-23-2011 03:44 PM

Thanks for the Gimp tip HalGougherty. I’ve been using PowerPoint to resize photos and add test and arrows, then saving the whole kaboodle as a .jpg image.

Looking forward to the pics Rustfever. I’m not familiar with fiddleback and root ball grains so I’ll be interested to see what you mean by those terms.


-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#7 posted 09-23-2011 04:09 PM

Pictures….we need pictures. I want to see this stash. Especially the walnut.

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#8 posted 09-23-2011 04:26 PM

Thanks Hal.
I will unload the trailer Saturday AM. When unloading, I will get a few photos of the Walnut as well as Oak. I will try your method of down-loading.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#9 posted 09-23-2011 06:41 PM

Nice score, like the others say, pictures say more than words!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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