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532 days ago

Ok, so it isn’t MY log. I milled up this spalted persimmon for a woodworker who brought it by. Still, I was pretty amazed by what came out of it, since it just looked rotten from the outside. It had blown down over a year ago. The Norwood band mill handles these oddball logs easily, and I always enjoy seeing what’s inside them.

Of course there had to be a nail just a few inches from the end of the last cut!

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.


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#1 posted 532 days ago

That’s pretty!
I know what you mean about the nail. I was slabbing some oak last year and had about 12” to go on a cut … hit a rail road spike.
Replaced the chain, dug out the spike, went 6” and hit another.
Got finished with that cut, started another cut and hit another spike 12” from the beginning of the cut!
It was one expensive day!

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

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#2 posted 532 days ago

Bet you’re glad you weren’t milling with an inserted tooth circle saw blade. Those spikes can really make the teeth fly! I always figured the best metal detector is a new blade (or chain). Gotta wonder why on earth someone drove those spikes into the tree. People do crazy things…

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

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#3 posted 532 days ago

In the olden days we had a 48” round saw. We powered it with an old McCormick Deering Track-tractor with live flywheel.
Boy that thing would cut through about anything except a spiked tree.

I figured these spikes had been in the tree since around 1920-1930 according to the growth rings. At that time this area had belonged to the SPRR and it’s possible they used the spikes for markers of some sort.
We have found a lot of old railroad stuff on this property from way back when.

Out in our back 40 the guy who dug our new septic system got down about 5’ and hit a railroad car wheel with his backhoe. It’s still laying around here somewhere, I should get pictures of it.

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

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