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07-19-2012 04:14 PM

We had on our property couple of beautiful Live Oaks in the 80 – 100 year old range.
They grew side by side for decades, shading, fostering and creating peace and calm for squirrels, birds and even the occasional camper that wanted to just sit out and enjoy the scenery.

Contrary to popular belief, we in East central Texas have been in a drought for at least the last four years. The governor even asked the Obama administration to declare our county, (Among many others), a national disaster area. That didn’t happen. Now the Feds are all up in arms declaring thousands of counties across the US as disaster areas after one year of drought.

Anyway, This majestic old tree was infested with some kind of worm or grub a couple of years ago, and last year the Carpenter Ants went for it.

We’ve had a good year for rain, we are only 21” below average. This caused the tree to put out new growth and that, combined with the insect damage caused it to fail at the base.

There probably isn’t much salvageable, mostly insect damaged or Shaky from years of growing at an angle.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 06:39 PM

If my day job didn’t keep me, I’d be down there with the chainsaw mill tomorrow. That is, at least, if there was some salvageable wood in it.

Be careful when you cut it free from the base. You could end up in a bad spot really quickly.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 06:42 PM

Damn shame. About all of it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 10:05 PM

Yes, be very careful, a friend of mine was hit in the head by a branch under tension, went into a coma, and never came out of it. He wasn’t even 30 years old!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 10:31 PM


That tree will be here until at least next week as I have 4 other tree’s to dispose of.

We advertised all over offering free wood, firewood, logs, etc for two weeks with no takers.

I’ve been burning some beautiful oak for the last two weeks and finally got done with the sycamore a couple of days ago. These aren’t really big trees, probably 40” across average with 20-25’ trunks.

I really hate losing this wonderful wood, but my boss says it has to go!

Oldnovice, Yeah, I’m very careful around the downed trees. I’ve seen too many widow makers in my life to take anything for granted!

If anyone wants any of this, come and get it before it’s nothing but ashes!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 03:05 PM

Mother Nature is surely Beauty & the Beast… Very sad..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 03:24 PM

Check out this bruiser from the storm in WV. I couldn’t find a picture of the uprooted roots but the ball had to be 8’ plus in diameter.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 07-20-2012 03:28 PM

What really bothers me is that we’ve offered this wood to anyone that wants it.

One guy said that if we’d cut it up for him he’d take it.

Another asked if we delivered.

Still another promised to come by for a pickup load if we would cut it and split it for him.

Wife told one guy he could have all of it but it would cost him $25 for my gas, oil and chain on the saw…. He said that was too much as that was his weekly gas allowance.

HOw hard do you have to work to give something away and make life easier for someone else?

Sorry if I sound a bit sour, but I told one guy I was going to slab some of it up for lumber and he was shocked that I would do that rather than go to Lowe’s and buy their stuff. His idea of wood working was deck screws through the wood, (no pre-drilling), and selling some odd Adirondack chairs for $195 each.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 07-20-2012 03:29 PM

We had an oak about 4 blocks from me come down and trap 2 firefighters in their truck 2 days ago while they were responding to downed power lines after a nasty thunderstorm rolled through. The Tstorms seem to be getting worse and worse up here in new england.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 07-20-2012 03:43 PM

It is pretty unbelievable that people don’t seem to be willing to work for almost anything these days. I would love to get my hands on that much firewood in one place! I don’t have access to a chainsaw mill, but that tree would keep my family warm on cold Ohio days for quite some time!
Sorry you lost a tree, I have lost a few biggish ones myself and they leave such a hole in the heart and the landscape.
Take care.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#10 posted 07-20-2012 03:43 PM

That’s too bad about the trees. I hope you get some relief from the drought soon. North Georgia is in a bad drought now.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 07-20-2012 04:41 PM

When I lived in Illinois we had a typical April storm with a little wind than normal but not even near tornado level. When it passed our neighbor across the street called and asked if we were going to have the tree removed off of the street. I was surprised when I went outside and saw our 30’ maple tree laying on its side and partially in the street.

This maple tree was thick with leaves and I believe that the wind came around the corner of the house, caught all those leaves and twisted it so much that it snapped the roots just below the ground. I really hated to loose that tree because it was just gorgeous.

I called one of my colleagues from work, who had a backyard lumber mill, he cut up the tree, took the pieces that were millable, milled them into boards, and put them in his drying shed.

One day there will be a piece of furnture or some turnings from this tree and at the least it didn’t get burned up!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 07-20-2012 05:33 PM

The logistics are just too great for some people. Most people don’t have equipment capable of moving or processing even a medium-sized tree, let alone something that is 36”+.

Moving them into a truck bed or trailer is also a challenge. Then, storing it.

Sometimes, it’s even the smallest things like owning a chainsaw capable of breaking it down to manageable sizes.

Like I said, if I had the time, I would be down there in a heartbeat with my truck to load some up. We’re not allowed to cut down our live oaks on the Coast (I believe we’ve had this conversation before… maybe not).

I’m always looking for new trees to add to my milling collection.

It’s just a dang shame no one wants to even get some of it. That’s just a waste. Start cutting it into firewood and sell some cords. People will usually come then.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#13 posted 07-20-2012 06:57 PM

What a nerve if someone offered me free wood and was prepared to saw it for a fair price my money of course .I would be onto it right away he wanted his gas money what a nerve. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 07-20-2012 07:36 PM


This is Texas, the closest town of more than 3000 souls is 42 miles away.

In every kitchen is a roll of duct tape, a roll of baling wire, (pronounced “Balin’ Waar”), and a can of WD-40.

Every one knows how to use all the above and you should see some of the fixes I’ve seen around here, LOL.

A lot of this wood is under 12” thick and most are already cut to 4’ or less except for the one that fell of it’s own accord. That one is about half gone today, as I got out at 05:30 and lopped a bunch of it up.

Most people have a chainsaw, or know where they can borrow one, likewise, they also have access to a pickup truck, and/or a 16’ flatbed trailer or a small horse trailer.

I believe there are more tractors than there are dogs here…. well, maybe that’s exaggerating, but every day I see at least 4 tractors and maybe 3 or 4 UTES and a few 4 wheelers going past our place headed to the local store for gas and a 30 pack of beer.

Within a 1/2 mile of us are at least 2000 head of cattle, 150-200 head of horses, 3 camels, (yeah, really – although one is for sale), 100 mules and 5 jack asses, although at the next election that may change.

4 years ago we got a stop light in our town and the locals are so proud of it! It has almost doubled the income made for the city. Our local newspaper, (Robertson County Press, one page and sometimes only 1 1/2 sides), made a major fete` out of the installation of that light by the state and that it didn’t cost the county or the city anything.

Up until 4 1/2 years ago, our “Now Entering” and “Now Leaving” signs were on the same post. They had to change that so the stop light would fit.

One of the gas stations in town still washes windshields and has a free air hose. Kids play with that hose at night after closing.

We can even write a “Counter Check” at the local grocery store and no one thinks about it twice.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#15 posted 07-21-2012 01:59 AM

Dallas, The times they are a changing. And not necessarily for the better. Everyone thinks they are “entitled” these days. Ahhh, now I feel better!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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