|Forum topic by Peter Oxley||posted 2215 days ago||1008 views||0 times favorited||24 replies|
2215 days ago
Every time I see a tree down, I ask about it. I’m just sure I’m going to mill it and find a hidden gem. But invariably they are going to use it for firewood. 12 Black Walnuts came down near here recently. The biggest had a trunk that was straight for at least 12 feet, and was probably three feet across the cut. Firewood.
There is an old oak that was cut down three years ago laying in a ditch. The trunk is at least four feet diameter. It’s laying there rotting, but one of these days the owner is going to get around to cutting it up for firewood.
The valley I live in used to be well-known for the orchards. There was a nearly continuous ring of orchards all around the foothills. Apple and Cherry, mostly. When the fruit prices went in the tank several years ago, 90% of the orchards were torn out for grain fields and subdivisions. The trees were pulled out with Cats. A few owners let people come cut for (you guessed it) firewood, but most heaped the trees in the middle of the clearing and burned them.
However, someone finally gave me some wood the other day! He said, “I’ve got two little pieces of Mahogany, not enough to do anything with. Do you want them?” I was envisioning scrap-bin sized pieces, but still said I would like to have them. We walked out to his shop and he handed me two boards 8” wide and 6’ long! That’s 7+ BF. Nothing to sneeze at.
So I have finally joined the elite group of woodworkers to whom wood has been given, free of charge! And I didn’t even have to beg!