When I was a kid I had a paper route and I saved up all my money and bought a little tiny black and white T.V. I would love to stay up late and watch old cliff hanger movies; it was always exciting waiting for the next installment to see what would happen in the story line. I thought I would try a cliff hanger of sorts for my blog, partly because I hope to make it interesting and partly because I have a regular job and have to fit the sawing in when I can. So I will start the saga now with how I ended up with the two walnut logs. It started when I got a call from someone who got my name from someone else and wanted to sell me these two logs. They of course were sure they were worth a vast sum of money because they after all were “walnut” a story I have heard before. I explained that I wasn’t interested and gave them a mill they could call and then forgot about it. Several months later I got another call from the same folks that was basically “please come get these logs out of our yard” I parbuckled them onto a trailer and took them home. That is how I ended up with the logs.
So that is where the saga will begin….
The mill I use is a manual mill so everything is done by hand, and sometimes is rather difficult, and can be downright hard to manage depending on the log size and species. I use two steel ramps, and a boat winch to roll the logs onto the bed of the mill. It works great most of the time….
From the mill head looking forward
So then begins the difficult task of moving a heavy object that is stuck, back to a position that will allow it to be rolled back up and onto the saw. Sometimes the solution is easy, sometimes the solution is a fight against the principals and laws of physics. This time for the most part it was easy re-sling the log adjust the ramp location and bingo!
Here it is the correct location and ready to begin the milling process.
The log is not perfect I have cut much better but, I like walnut, and the three crotches converging interested me enough to give it a shot. What lies beneath the bark is a mystery even to me, figured walnut, a bunch of nails, who knows but we will all find out together.
Stay tuned for the next chapter of the story…
I have kept busy sawing so far this spring sawing basswood and butternut mostly so I needed a change anyhow!