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Forum topic by superstretch posted 09-04-2011 04:24 AM 1845 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2011 04:24 AM

In a freak display of nature at its most random, about an hour after having picked and eaten several not-quite-yet-ripe peaches, the tree decided that it wanted to snap at the trunk and royally ruin my weekend. As you can see below, there was a very low crotch that was pruned long ago.

My question is: what would you guys recommend I do with it?

Also, if anyone really, really wants it, I’ll give you the wood. I don’t turn (yet) and don’t have a smoker, so I don’t know that I’d have much use for it.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY


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#1 posted 09-04-2011 04:32 AM

Is the inside damaged by bugs or rot? I had a tree snap a few years back, much larger though. It looked very healthy on the outside, but after a few weeks on the ground when the bark started to fall off I could see ash borer trails. If it’s healthy and not infested, send me a piece of the trunk and I’ll turn you a nice pen from it.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 04:38 AM

I could see some spoons made from it… : ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 09-04-2011 04:58 AM

I didn’t see any bugs or rot and, if i recall (I didn’t spend too much time looking at it, I was so ticked off), there was a really nice distinction between sapwood/heartwood. The trunk broke in a fashion following the growth rings, so it might have been a little ‘shakey’.

What size piece do you need to make pens? I’ll probably run over to my dad’s tomorrow to get the chainsaw and maybe savor some of the peaches left on the tree. Even unripe, they were sooo juicy and sweet. I didn’t do a good job at pruning our fruit trees this year and some of the branches were really loaded with them..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 05:57 AM

an 8” long section should be more than enough.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 04:48 PM


Ignore my monster hands.. they just give some reference to the width

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 09-05-2011 01:04 AM

Yeah thats more than enough. I could get a few pens out of that diameter with my bandsaw slicing it up first. Seriously if an 8” section doesn’t weigh a lot and its legal to ship , feel free to. I’ll ship back. Message me if you want Dan. You could even slice one of those 8” logs in half down the middle and just send one of those.That will still be more than enough.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 09-05-2011 01:09 AM

I don’t think I can slice it.. My band saw cam only handle like 4.5”. I’ll have to check on the legality.. NYS parks double checked that my firewood was from within 50 miles last time I went camping. Stupid emerald ash borer. I really don’t have any other use for it, so I’ll ship as much as I feasibly can if legal

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#8 posted 09-06-2011 04:43 PM

Sheesh, that’s almost as snotty as the apple trees on “The Wizard Of Oz”! I hope you aren’t planning on eating any walnuts any time soon.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#9 posted 09-06-2011 04:49 PM

I wish I could fell some of the walnut trees just by eating a couple walnuts.. I have one beauty in the back yard that is easily 26” in diameter.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#10 posted 09-07-2011 02:03 AM

I can’t tell from the pic but it could have split at the graft.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 09-08-2011 02:14 AM

any fruit wood is good for carving. Carvers would like it I bet.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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