|Forum topic by onoitsmatt||posted 07-19-2015 01:40 PM||662 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
07-19-2015 01:40 PM
So about a year ago, I cut down a small olive tree in my front yard. It is about 18” in diameter at it’s trunk which quickly branched into a couple of (approximately) 8 or 9” diameter limbs, so the trunk is really only about 18” to 24” long before branching into the two limbs. I saved the bigger limbs and threw them in a pile in the side yard, thinking the wood smelled so good while cutting it, I’d like to use it to smoke meats. (I’m better at BBQ than woodworking). But I tried the wood for smoking and it’s not that great, so now I have all of this olive wood that is better suited for woodwoorking. The big pieces have started splitting at the ends.
So the question is, is it too late to save it, or is there something I can do with the split ends to salvage some good, useable wood (assuming these logs are big enough to use for something) or is it too late?
Also, yesterday I cut down another limb about 9” in diameter from another olive tree in the front yard. I have read I can just use some latex paint to seal up the ends on this new piece. Is there a need to store it inside or can I leave it out in the side yard? Anything else I should do to prevent ruining the new piece(s)?
I’m in Phoenix, so it’s hot and dry and there’s limited rain, so not much exposure to moisture outside.
Additionally, anyone local (or visiting) Phoenix area that wants a few pieces is welcome to come get them. My wife may insist you take all of it! I suspect this stuff would be really good to use for smaller turning blanks for pens or something. Just shoot me a note if you want some.
Thanks as always for your expertise and input!
-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ