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1730 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: alder elder

And what to my bloodshot eyes would appear …....storm damaged ? NOPE…...just old age I guess.Severe splitting at one of the crotches…. Sorry about the picture quality ..I happened upon this site and only had my cell phone to capture things with.

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wireless remote controlled stump grinder and dozer/push blade
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57" diameter stump

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Partially ground stump from another angle

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Box Elder 57" Diameter

My tape measure slipped off the stump just as I took the picture…the stump was actually 57”x56” in diameter.
The owner of the Tree Service is a very nice young man and was in the Marines prior to starting up his business. He hooked me up with a semi local sawyer with a portable band mill for future reference. : )
He and his crew made quick work of this massive old beauty…..I guess they felled it yesterday and were in the process of cutting up the gigantic tree when I happened by. He shared way too much of his time discussing the tree with me and I really appreciated it a lot : ) I told him about our site here at Lumberjocks and he was very interested in it . I also gave him one of my business cards and I might be getting some work from him on a bookcase for his and his wifes’ new baby : ) I thought it would be cool if he were to cut down the tree from which the bookcase would be made from : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!


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#1 posted 1730 days ago

Wow,,, I bet that made some noise and shook the ground when she fell. I wouldn’t want the work involved but sure would of liked to get the wood. Thanks for the cool pics.

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#2 posted 1730 days ago

Thanks for the pics! It’s actually one word. boxelder.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 1730 days ago

Is That tree for sale? I will buy it!!!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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#4 posted 1730 days ago

Hi Gary ….the owner estimated the weight at 20,000 pounds !!! it was the biggest city tree that I can remember seeing….. there is a small piece of a branch in the 7th picture up from the botom that he gave to me…quite heavy for the size. I’ll try to get some spec’s on it tomorrow to share. thanks for your comment : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 1730 days ago

Thanks julian : )
OB , too late …it was cut into smaller sections and delivered to a local home owner for firewood !!! : (

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 1730 days ago

thats sacrilege! these people should be put on trial!

thanks for sharing. I have a neighbor that just took down a maple tree. medium size I would say. the large trunk is still on his lawn… but it’s just too large for me to even consider doing anything with it. not to mention I have no where to let it sit and dry… the agony we sometimes have to endure… lol

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#7 posted 1730 days ago

Hi Sharon … the pictures don’t do this beauty justice…...the dark areas are solid wood , just mineral stained is all…there was one piece of the upper section of the tree with some Spalting going on .I miss my pick-up truck so much at times like this. The Tree Surgeon had a chainsaw with at least a three foot blade on it and I know he could have sliced that huge butt into table tops in no time at all. Really nice guy to deal with : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 1730 days ago

stop it… I already feel bad I can’t get that maple tree across the street… no need to add to that…lol

sounds like quite a gem that tree was. hope it will at least keep someone decently warm this winter.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 1730 days ago

Sharon , just sneak over there with your chainsaw , slice it into manageable pieces and reassemble it behind your garage….no one will ever know …LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 1730 days ago

I agree what a shame. That neighbor should have been satisfied with the twigs for burnin and left the rest for us. L.O.L.

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#11 posted 1730 days ago

Wow that’s some hunk of wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 1730 days ago

Boxelder is actually a type of maple – the Ash-leaf Maple (Acer negundo).
The spalted and red-flamed colored parts of boxelder are highly prized by woodturners and artisans.

There are tears running down my face…

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#13 posted 1730 days ago

Some great looking wood. Too bad that the sawer doesn’t have conservation in mind first in his sawing.

But I’ve got a friend that has a woodmizer and he bought a 48” black walnut log from Lewes De The first city in De. It had so many nails in it that it wasn’t useable.

The problem with city wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 1730 days ago

Firewood ? What a crying shame.

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#15 posted 1730 days ago

I love the name on the crane boom – tree hugger! Great! Your idea to make book shelves for this Marine is a good one. UhRah! Here’s a site that might interest you. “http://www.gasperetti.com/index.html” This VT woodworker builds heirloom quality furniture from trees he cuts down on the client’s property. The trees have been in the family for decades. They are part of the family history. He chronicles the project from tree cutting to finished heirloom and presents the photo journal with the finished heirloom to the client. Maybe that’s a business model that will work for you too.

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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