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07-30-2016 02:18 PM

This picture shows one load of 3 I got from a road widening project along West Ajo Road near the western outskirts of Tucson. Besides loosing a trailer tire, it was still well worth it. The largest piece in the picture is a Palo Verde crotch blank 20×24 of the trunk. This load netted me 6 pieces of PV that you can’t see as the Mesquites are covering them. After unloading, I went back and got another load, cutting the remaining 4’ long trunk off the stump. I also got another 4-6 Mesquite stumps.

I knew they were going to burn all the wood in 30+ piles along an 8 mile section of this road. I just didn’t know when the burn was going to take place. The pile of wood that all this came from was over 10 feet high, at least 30 feet wide, and about 75-100 yards long. What could be seen was at least 50 Palo Verde Trees about 10” od up to 16” od, and al least that quantity of Mesquites that were pretty much just stump sections as others were going out and cutting the branches from the stumps. No one is interested in Palo Verde for firewood because burns too fast, and puts out an awful smell.

I had made up my mind I wanted the huge Palo Verde stump. so Friday of last week, I drove out the the pile of wood, and it was nothing but a pile of ashes, with a few stumps that had a layer of charcoal on them. Disappointed, but was elated to see that whoever burned the pile had pushed the stump I wanted about 50 feet from where the burn was going to take place. Needless to say, this made my day, so I got this Palo Verde stump, at least 5’ od x 3’ tall and about 6-800 pounds into my trailer. In order to stabilize it from rolling around, I stuffed burnt stumps all around it, and loaded more of the because the charcoal is only about 3/4” thick. Most of the stumps are burled and about 14” od, so I’ll still be able to get a few turnings from the wood. Thanks for looking if you got this far…................. Jerry(in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#1 posted 07-30-2016 02:31 PM

Good save. That is a great haul. I sometimes procrastinate whether to grab some logs or not. Luckily, not too often, grab them when you can, you can always get rid of them. I wish we had some mesquite trees around here but I do get a variety.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 07-30-2016 02:44 PM

This warrants a ‘YOU SUCK’!

Nice find, Jerry … wish I could happen on a score like that.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 07-30-2016 05:06 PM

Yep. You move to the top of the “You suck” pile. Wonderful score and some really beautify wood.

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#4 posted 07-30-2016 06:29 PM

Sometimes folks just get lucky, nice score Jerry!

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#5 posted 07-30-2016 09:40 PM

Gloat on, Beloved Buddy.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 07-30-2016 10:15 PM

Nice grab, even though it looks like it was a lot of work to load, should be hours of fun working it.
No you suck from me! (I think it’s a juvenile saying)

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#7 posted 07-30-2016 10:28 PM

Yea, nobody likes a braggart, But in this case Ill make an acceptation. Nice wood you found.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#8 posted 07-30-2016 10:48 PM

That’s a great haul. I wish I could have been able to get over there for some.

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#9 posted 07-30-2016 11:01 PM

The amount of good timber piled up and burnt can be quite shameful at times. Great to see you salvaging this load ready to put to good use. 90% of my timber is logs fallen over out in the bush and I have brought them home and milled them up. Also from neighbors cutting down unwanted trees in there yard.

Happy project making with you acquired logs.

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#10 posted 07-31-2016 01:28 PM

Nice save Jerry.


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#11 posted 07-31-2016 04:40 PM

I have some friends who my wife calls my wood pimps – but nothing like this !!! :o)) Nice haul Jerry.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#12 posted 08-02-2016 04:45 AM

Nice find Jerry…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#13 posted 08-02-2016 11:55 AM

Oh, man, they’ve been doing that for the last year along I-65 in KY. Wish I would have thought to grab some of the lumber before they toasted it…
Great find, Jerry, congrats!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#14 posted 08-02-2016 04:07 PM

Too bad that’s so far down south or I would be asking if there’s more piles. Good score.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#15 posted 08-03-2016 03:11 AM

Too bad that s so far down south or I would be asking if there s more piles. Good score.

- ki7hy

There were still about 30 piles as of yesterday….. There has to be at least 50 Mesquite stumps and trees plus a ton of Palo Verde trees. I’ve reached my limit. Too old for the stash I have. If you think you’d come on out in the week or so, I could keep you informed on whether the stuff is still available.

A braggart!. I never brag on the work I have to do when I gloat. I never worked as hard as I did for one week collecting that stuff, and now it’s a waiting game. Gotta beat the bugs and the heat to keep the wood solid….

Jeff2008, it really is a shame as all this wood is wild, not domesticated wood. It’s rare to ever see a wild Palo Verde as large as I collected, and several of the Mesquites were even larger. I wish had the energy to gather all the Mesquite.

Azwoody, there’s still some time before they burn it..

Mahdee, I think I owe you something if you were Jinx….. Pm me..

Thanks for the sux, guys…......... Jerry (in Tucson)........ .. ......... ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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