|Forum topic by Treadfether||posted 10-30-2015 04:26 AM||780 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
10-30-2015 04:26 AM
I’ve recently been re-bitten by the wood working bug, found a pile of amazing projects on Pintrest,and am forced now to try out versions of them all!! If I some how find a way to stop gawking at Pintrest and just focus on the projects I currently have I might be able to finish them all some time in the next 60 years…. -.-
At the same time, I’m an equipment operator and have been hired to rip out 37 acres of Hazelnut trees. I would estimate there is at least 200 tones in the pile so far and counting! ... and the fire starts tomorrow! I’m desperately trying to figure out what I can do to salvage some of this beautiful wood. I’ve already picked out half a pick-up full of choice cuts, and have stacked at least a dozen trees off to the side of the burn pile with more choice bits I want to cut out when I get some time with the chain saw.
Does any one have any experience milling and drying logs especially Hazelnut? I used to work in a flooring mill and we specialized in reclaimed timber mostly Fir, so I have some experience. However cutting beams that are usually well over a hundred years old, are mostly pretty dry, so I’m thinking there is going to be some differences.
Anyone done any projects with Hazelnut? What’s it like to work with, any problems, suggestions? I’ve heard it’s good for carving, wooden spoons, bowls, things like that. However there isn’t much point in filling my garage and trying to dry 50 tones of ruff slabs if all I’m going to make is a few spoons and end grain butcher blocks!
There is a blight in the valley killing probably thousands of acres of hazelnuts so if I can find a viable use for them there is huge potential available.