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06-30-2013 07:35 PM

This is a block of Chinese Tallow I cut off of one of the trees in our RV park.
It was the leftover from where a former employee left about a 3’ stub after cutting a low hanging limb.

I cut it off, let it lay on the burn pile for a week and decided to see what it looked like on the inside before burning it.
To say the least I was somewhat surprised!
Sorry the pictures are not very good, they are from my phone. My wife had the camera hiding somewhere where I couldn’t find it.

I got eight 30” x2” x6” slabs, already dried to 13%MC.

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

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 07:42 PM

It’s gonna make some unique and beautiful crafted art work. Be sure to show us the results of your efforts.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 07:46 PM

Interesting, we have a big one by our driveway, actually, pushing our driveway up and cracking it. Now I know what to look forward to.

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 09:13 PM

And YOU were gonna burn it!

DUDE! nice find!

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#4 posted 06-30-2013 10:23 PM

Can’t wait to see the projects :)

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#5 posted 06-30-2013 10:34 PM

Randy, If you don’t get some of this, it will be mid winter before I get a chance to do what I want in the shop.


I have a couple of these trees that really need to come down all together, I just don’t know when I can get to them.

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

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 01:51 AM


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#7 posted 07-01-2013 02:13 AM

Dallas, That is some way cool wood that I never heard of. Wish I was closer. I’d be there tomorrow with chainsaw in hand!

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 02:29 AM

Very beautiful. Wish it grew here.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 02:01 PM

Really cool Dallas

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 03:13 PM

Thanks all….These trees are also known as “Popcorn Trees” because they have a three part nut that looks like popped corn.
The are an invasive species and grow just about anywhere, spreading like nits thru a kindergarten class.

The interesting thing about this tree is that it is actually better for making bio-fuel or bio-diesel than just about any other plant, including corn or soy.

I’ll try to get some planed a bit and post pictures. This was just as it came from my band saw which reminded me that I promised to change the blade, but didn’t!

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

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