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Forum topic by PG_Zac posted 02-19-2009 08:58 AM 1807 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PG_Zac

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02-19-2009 08:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig plum chainsaw milling alaskan

Further to my post “Rescued Wood – Norfolk Pine” at http://lumberjocks.com/topics/6665 here are some pics of the Wild Plum I also slabbed on the same day.

This log is the bottom piece of a tree that blew over on the pavement (sidewalk for those who speak American) in front of our courts in June 2007. The Council’s only chainsaw was out of order, so it lay there for a couple of days. I asked if I could take some of it and received a relieved “yes please”.

This log has been standing on one end, unsheltered since then, and I had to make it smaller for our move.

This is the end that was up – look carefully and you’ll see the center is rotted.

The bottom end with caked on crud

So I raised one end a little and hosed it off and out – you can see some of the mud on the ground that came out of the log

The hole goes right through

Complimentary mushroom

First cut

Second cut

Beautiful Slab

Two slabs 20cm thick X 46cm wide, and two slabs with a flat face and a partial round face.

Free Wood !!
Beautiful too

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#1 posted 02-19-2009 09:54 AM

Those are beautiful pieces! Is the colouring I’m seeing a result of spalting or is some of it the natural grain?

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#2 posted 02-19-2009 10:10 AM

beautiful. i have some wild plum that i turned on my lathe and it ended up even more beatiful than before. even a simple coat of tung oil gave it a wonderful sheen.

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#3 posted 02-19-2009 02:38 PM

Thanks for the posts. I enjoy seeing wood salvaged like this. I have always thought it would be nice to do something like this instead of seeing wood go for firewood or simply burned as trash.

I can see a lot of potential in those slabs.

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#4 posted 02-19-2009 04:26 PM

Devin – The larger patches that look like water stains are from the water & mud that was in the rotted hole. This log was open to the sky, and we have plenty of rain at home, so I think the “Patches” are mud stains from 18 months of weather abuse. You can also see some of this for a couple of inches from each end.

The rest of the colouring is all natural Wild Plum (Harpephyllum Caffrum)

ccpenco – I agree about the finished beauty – I will post a project early next month that shows this wood used as an accent. It is stunning.

Scott – I think this is a far better fate than trees going to the landfill. I built the sled because I wanted some good wood, but didn’t want to pay the associated prices. There is plenty within an hour’s drive of home – I just have to ask.

For interest, this is the end that faced the sky for 18 months. Bad picture, I know, but it shows how much rot / termite damage there was. Most of this happened while the tree was standing, and probably weakened the tree enough to let it blow down.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#5 posted 02-19-2009 04:43 PM

beautiful wood. I eagerly await seeing the project that contains it.

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#6 posted 02-19-2009 05:14 PM

wow, that is one spanking looking slab! nice grain and color on the plum tree.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 02-26-2009 03:58 PM

I like it!

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#8 posted 02-26-2009 08:37 PM

Wow, looks beautiful. So much color!

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PG_Zac

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#9 posted 02-27-2009 07:41 AM

Yes, this is a beautiful wood, with a good depth and variety of colour. Unfortunately, a lot of the redness fades out during drying. What is left behind after the fade is a rich mid-brown that begs to be touched.

I often let my wood tell me what it needs to be. This wood tells me “Class”, something fine and refined. Something with poise and grace. It wants to be in a project that needs to be touched, not only displayed.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#10 posted 02-27-2009 07:01 PM

I think the color will return, after applying a finish to it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 03-27-2009 09:25 PM

Great job. Some beautiful wood.

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#12 posted 04-07-2009 01:44 PM

Here is the start of a project that contains Wild Plum, but unfortunately, not from THIS log

Rescued Wood Mirror

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