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Sugar Maple
« on: April 24, 2003, 06:45:04 PM »
A guy was telling me today that he has a sugar maple next to his garage, and last yr he was working inside and heard a big crack. He walk out side and notice the tree split from the bottom to about 12 ft up. The tree is about 40 inch at the bottom and is clear up to 12 ft. He ask me what caused it to split and wood it be any good to saw. The tree is still alive.
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Re: Sugar Maple
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2003, 07:34:55 PM »
Was it cold when it split?  A lot of our hardwoods and some softwoods split from the expansion of the water within when it gets real cold.  I've stood outside on a clear, cold night and listened to them crack.  They are ususally the loudest sound outside when it is -30 to -40 and the sound occurs several times a minute in this area.
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Re: Sugar Maple
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2003, 09:47:26 PM »
Last winter being the coldest we've had here in several years I really noticed the trees cracking and popping at night.  Sometimes really loud.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2003, 03:11:43 AM »
Yes, he said it was middle of winter. Thanks guys.
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Re: Sugar Maple
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2003, 05:13:18 AM »
I get to saw these frost-cracked trees quite regularly.  If they crack straight up the bole, I can get the crack in one or two boards, but when they spiral crack, half the tree or more is wasted.  I need to learn how to spiral saw and then I need a use for spiral boards.  :D
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Re: Sugar Maple
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2003, 05:31:45 AM »
AAWWWWW, com'on  now, Spiral staircase railings????
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