|Forum topic by Tblood||posted 04-20-2015 03:59 PM||1670 views||0 times favorited||39 replies|
04-20-2015 03:59 PM
Hi ladies and gents. I hate to say, it but I’m afraid I’ve reached the point where I’m close to throwing in the towel on a project… Hit a brick wall. I am hoping a little advice, inspiration, and networking from the experienced wood workers here will point me in the right direction!
The project started when I had to take down two sugar maples in front of an old farm house I own and rent out in northeast Ohio. These two trees have a lot of history with my family. The house was built in 1832 and we have diaries mentioning the trees being fully grown before the house was built. Nearly everyone in my family lived in this house at some point. The goal is to cut full length live edge slabs for long tables, counter tops, etc and give them to my family. The tree to be milled is closest to the camera. The other was pretty hollow.
The trees came down late January on short notice and I’ve been scrambling to find someone who can handle the milling… Trouble is the tree is 33-36 inches at the base and closer to 41in about 5-6ft up. It’s a little over 10ft to the crotch. I would love to include the crotch and a little beyond since it looks like some cool grain may be there. After calling dozens of mills and hardwood/lumber stores I have yet to find anyone capable of cutting full length live edge slabs. At least not in Ohio… I have the means to load and haul the tree and am willing to travel a fair distance. 50-80miles? I’ve thought about chainsaw mills but don’t have any experience. Worst part is that my grandpa has an older 28” Wood Mizer mill 100 yards away… Just not big enough!
Knowing we’ve hung things from the tree over the years, I took a metal detector to it and found a few hits. I marked them orange to find again when temps warmed up. I’ve since got the metal out of each mark I found. I have a few new leads on Amish mills in the area but would appreciate any and all info regarding a place that could handle this beast! Please!
My next question is whether or not this log will make all the effort worthwhile…aside from sentimental value. Can anyone tell if there is potential for nice figure or grain patterns? Could I crack this open and find a dud? There are a number of tap points, compression/tension points and small burls from old branches. Hard to tell in the pics but there really isn’t a single flat area on it. What do you think?? It’s over 200yrs old… There has to be something cool, right?
Thanks for reading and any help in advance!