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Author Topic: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?  (Read 5945 times)

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Offline mrbrb

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I'd like to do a 'sculpture project' with metal objects that have been found in logs.

My father, who is an arborist tells a story about going out to bid a job, clearing a woodlot that was formerly pasture land. Up in the crotch of a large tree he spotted Scythe (the figure of death, the grim reaper, is usually depicted holding a scythe), handle pointing down, the tree grown around the blade. He figures that a farmer had hung it there while taking a break from laboring, and had simply forgotten it.
A week or so later, while finishing up the same job, a branch that his climb gear was attached to snapped, and he nearly lost his life. (he's lucky to still climb trees at age 65)

Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has a collection of metal objects that have been extracted from saw logs? Any interesting stories?

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I don't have a collection (yet) but do have a section of a 16 gauge double barrel that was in a walnut log; it destroyed a blade.  The same log also had a portion of a screwdriver that got another blade.  I suspect the screw driver had been used to hold up a target as I cut through several bullets also.
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ok so not a milling object but after cutting down a big hollow oak and as I start cutting it up, pack rats started  pouring out  :o
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Some of the objects I hit in logs arent metal.

 

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I hear you LB. I hit a chunk of cement, it had been formed into a crouch, An oldtimer said they patched wounded yard trees to keep rain water out.
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i found/ hit, pliers, ceramic insulator, musket ball, screw driver, chains, railroad spike. piles of nails and bullets.i had a collection but, it got to dipressing so i threw it away. :)
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Saved a few for a while, then it just got old,  mostly fencing debris.  I did fuzz cut some 9mm bullets that were end to end in a walnut.  I took the tree down and know it was the third log up.  I figured the ole boy was shooting at some squirrels?  Oh yea the old tree stand spikes come about every now and again,
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A short forum search will bring up probably a dozen topics on the subject. There has been a lot of things grown into trees!
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I saw through quite a few bullets. The metal detector tells me what kind of metal it is so I don't waste time digging them out.   

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Re: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2014, 07:12:54 PM »

Four large nails( 20 d I believe ), two lag screws and an one ceramic insulator all clustered together.
Needless to say so much for that rip chain. I now own a metal detector.

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Re: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2014, 07:23:11 PM »
we found everything imaginable at the veneer mill.  The stainless maple taps and porcelain insulators were the worst.  They sneek right up you with no blue stain.
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Re: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2014, 08:21:54 PM »
I found a possum in a log once, but he moved on before we started sawing.  ;D I used to have a big coffee can full of eye bolts, roofing nails and insulators. The roofing nails are always in a pattern of four, about 6' up the butt log. ;) I call all them them FOIL, Found Object In Log.
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Re: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2014, 09:19:36 PM »
The old term we always had in these parts was tramp metal.
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Re: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2014, 12:24:03 AM »
There is another thread on here a year or two ago that had pics of a lot of the metal objects found. 
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Re: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2014, 05:07:38 AM »
@dyates,welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have been around a sawmill before?
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Re: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2014, 07:57:28 AM »
@dyates,welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have been around a sawmill before?
I bought logs and ran the yard for a veneer mill for 11 years.  I have now left that job to pursue my own business.  I'm still not sure that was a wise choice but time will tell.
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Re: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2014, 06:18:06 PM »
The 2 most common objects I find are nails from No Trespassing signs, and barbed wire.

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Re: strangest objects you have found in a log- anyone have a hardware collection?
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2014, 10:05:36 PM »
We bought a tract of timber off of Ft. Rucker that was by all indication behind a firing range. There were several hundred steel jacket 30.06 rounds in the but cuts. We finally gave up on the but cuts. Metal detectors in the 70s were expensive.
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« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2014, 11:39:40 PM »
The strangest thing that I have ever cut in to was a pad lock. No pictures. I didn't even try to cut it up for fire wood. It went straight back to the woods where it came from. My blades are longer and wider than most. This collection of junk  cost me $53.00  ;D
A year later and it still makes me mad :-\
Bullets are a pretty common and don't dull the blade.
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