Free Wood #2: A rainy morning and a gold mine...

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Blog entry by Tony posted 05-16-2009 07:47 PM 1071 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I made my usual Saturday morning trek to Little Creek Park, this time to collect leaf specimens for study. The sky was cloudy and pregnant, and it turned out to be a good thing I packed my rain gear – I encountered several really good soaking showers. I love being in the woods when it rains! I found over a dozen trees and shrubs to identify, plus a couple of different variations of ones I already knew. The specimens in the following photo will keep me busy for a while:


I took a different route out of the park, and I passed an area where park employees had been cutting down trees. Several nice sized chunks were laying along the road. It’s a busy park, though, and I had to go a ways and turn around due to traffic (the road is narrow and twisty, and most people go much faster than the speed limit). I found a place to squeeze into the grass, and lo and behold, right over the hillside about 15’ from my car was a chunk of Red Oak about 14” in diameter and 18” long:


It took a bit of work to get the wood into my car, even over that short distance, but it was worth it:


I couldn’t believe they just cut the trees and rolled the pieces into the woods. I’ve already sealed the ends, and will cut it into rounds this week. The pieces will have to dry a couple of years, but I plan to make clock faces with them. Cha-ching!!

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 08:05 PM

good find.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 08:36 PM

Wasn’t it a tip an iceberg then? Why no try another trip, who knows..

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 09:37 PM

great find. you can cut them boil wood to shorten that drying time.. i haven’t tried it but a lot of other turners swear by it.. it’s always a surprise as to how much green wood weighs.

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 11:45 PM

Interesting comment johnpoolsec. I have also heard about this practice. It’s probably ok for turners, but I’ve read that it boils the lignin out and wouldn’t be a good idea if you wanted to bend it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-17-2009 03:38 AM

Uh, let me get this right. You can actually ‘boil’ a piece of green wood and then carve or turn it and it won’t split??? Good find on the wood BTW. A few years back I was at the park and they were cutting down a large Gingko tree. I heaved a short log in the back of my sports car and drove it home. The mask I use for my icon over there on the left, came from that log. Parks are good!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#6 posted 05-17-2009 08:13 AM

Thats great I hope to see what will come of the log that followed you home.


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#7 posted 05-19-2009 07:45 PM

A friend of mine just gave away 15 large beetle killed ash trees to get them off his property. They were cut and split for firewood. Makes me sick. I have another friend who would have cut it to lumber or blanks for a part of the take.

His last comment was “He even took the branches.” Grrrrr!

Its all in the timing I guess.

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