|Forum topic by Vance||posted 10-11-2015 01:23 PM||1270 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
10-11-2015 01:23 PM
Several weeks ago, a coworker offered me a log from a tree he was planning on felling. It was one of three ash trees that had succumb to beetles and he was taking down before they could rot. Below are photos of the tree moments after it hit the ground.
Later that week, I went to his place to help load a log for him and myself to haul to a local mill. The one marked with the H is Hal’s and the one with the L is mine. They measure about 24-26” across by about 8.5’ long and weigh about 3 million tons!
The next several shots are of my log on the mill, getting sliced at 2” thick boards. This will leave me in good shape to have a long time supply of wood for my guitar making. I ended up with 10 good long boards.
This is just one section of one of my boards as I was loading them into my garage for storage while the dry. Pretty cool grain. It’s actually got more lines than I expected and I’m VERY ok with that. I was expecting very clear, bland grain.
This is the stack, in my garage where it’ll sit. And wait.
And here is the stack with the ends all sealed up to help keep things drying at comfortable rate without a ton of splitting and resulting loss.
The way I figured the math, there is, if everything dries OK, about 50-54 guitar body blanks in this stack. Far more than I’ll ever use but nice to know I have. The wood was free, as was the transport to the mill and to my home, (both people refused my offer to pay for gas but I’ll make it up to each of them some how) and the mill only charged me $26.50 to cut it all. I’m a VERY happy camper!!!