Not being able to cut up local wildwoods has been a real missing piece of my woodworking puzzle. Just recently I found a nearby Bandsawmill and now I’m like a kid at Christmas cadging local woods from my local area and having them sawn. All of the wood I have found and cut is deadfall and windfall. This includes a 30” diameter 6 foot section of Pecan from a neighbors field. The tree was blown over last spring and I cut the upper parts for my wood stove and barbecue smoker. While I was cutting the firewood I kept looking longingly at the remaining trunk and as soon as I discovered the sawyer I jumped on cutting up that main trunk. I also have some really beautiful red oak timber in my drying shed now waiting for me to resaw.
But when a friend told me about this walnut stump standing on the side of the road near his place I jumped all over it. The tree was struck by lightning and died a couple of years ago. A woodturner from near here managed to harvest most of the top of the tree last year but wasn’t able to handle the stump. At 34” this is actually a little over size for the TimberKing sawmill so I’ll have to do a little chainsaw trimming before it will fit. But WOW!, what a hunk of wood! You can see in the picture the upper section has been partly cut through before the previous cutter gave up with his smaller saw. I still have a section of about 52 inches of the main 34” diameter trunk to work with and I will do what I can to recover some nice bits from the upper fork crotch. Ought to be some pretty grain in there! Anyway, enough blabbering – here’s the pic of this bad boy.
-- Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. -Soren Kierkegaard