|Forum topic by Richard||posted 02-17-2011 09:05 AM||1033 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
02-17-2011 09:05 AM
The other day, I was looking at some lumber cut by a sawyer and I found and one interesting piece of 3” thick silver maple slab with interesting color to it. I asked him if he had anymore, and he slowly shook his head as he turned the slab over. The interesting slab had a piece of concrete embedded inside which passed the metal detector test, but completely destroyed a bandmill blade . He said at one time it was common to fill voids in trees with cement, and the cement had obviously stained the wood beutifully as the tree continued to grow.
Well this got me a thinking. What if one took a tree and imbedded it with nails, bolts, wrapped chain and cable around the trunk, shot bullets into it, left a set of bedsprings in the limb crotch, and place odd metal objects like horseshoes ect. in the wood. Then let the tree grow and mature while the metal oxidized over 100 years or so.
Now imagine your great grandchild woodworker cutting into this Tree with their Laser Blade bandsaw to obtain some interesting lumber from all the foreign objects acting on the lumber. I wonder what the lumber would look like? Oh well, one has to wonder with all the new woodworking tools of the future.
-- Richard Boise, Idaho