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Offline L. Wakefield

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Re: Man drops tree, kills wife
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2002, 07:01:54 AM »
   Hey Budman- your tagline By William Cullen Bryant reminded me of the work of a turn of the century artist I saw by chance last fall at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, NY.

  Just on a tour, didn't know this place was there, stopped in on a whim cuz it was mentioned in a tourist brochure at the motel. Well worth my time. The fella was Arthur B. Davies, and I bought a book  based on the exhibit which discusses him and his work at length. He lived 1862-1928; reacting to the Civil War and the oncoming industrial giants. A lot of his stuff is misty-romantic, more or less clothed people in the woods and by the waters etc.. but 2 of his pieces strongly hit the theme of your tagline. 'Hosanna of the Mountains' (1905) shows a parcel of people (clothed in this case) before some highly romanticized but HUGE and lovely redwoods- has to be redwoods. 'Silence, waterfall, and Forest' (no date) also depicts a redwod and a waterfall (hence the title :D ) with a woman listening intently for one knows not what (perhaps for the legendary tree to fall?)

  Some of his works have a wonderful luminous quality to them, as if there is an inner light or a backlight for the half-hidden faces of the figures. Others are disturbing, quite a few have a pagan theme that some of the museum-goers had made pointed negative comments concerning (oh well..)- and some of his work is just downright weird! It was a fluke that I caught up to the exhibit- it was a lot of works on loan and was due to go back in early September. I was there 9/9, and down in the Catskills 9/10. I might have gone down to the bronx on 9/11 but I'd thought i was supposed to work, so i was at Maine Med watching it all happen on television instead of getting a somewhat closer view. Strange.  lw
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Re: Man drops tree, kills wife
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2002, 10:45:07 AM »
I've had the good fortune to never drop one on my wife, but I did give her truck a hard way to go, once.  I was felling a big loblolly that had grown on open ground, so it had a major limb spread. I gained a lot of experience in a very short time, relating to what happens when a really big branch is the first thing to hit the ground. I had cleared the truck by the expected 30' or so, but the limb caused the tree to roll violently, and a branch on the opposite side rammed the pore little truck right in the door, almost turning it over. I was the recipient of a rather enlightened vocabulary lesson, shortly afterwards, and things were sorta chilly around the house for a couple of days.
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Re: Man drops tree, kills wife
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2002, 11:00:00 AM »
In wood utilization class, we had to id all types of wood.  They wanted us to take a section and look at it under a microscope.  

It didn't take long before we knew you couldn't get a section off of ironwood.  It was too hard to cut with a scalpel.

Some areas used to use ironwood as a pin in post and beam construction.  
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Re: Man drops tree, kills wife
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2002, 05:45:30 PM »
That ash stayed straight but I can't say it was any different from a green log
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Re: Man drops tree, kills wife
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2002, 07:10:33 PM »
Thats one good thing about the Mrs. Whenever I fire up the chainsaw or the tractor she makes a b---line way far away from my work area. Unless I can talk her into helping. Guess it might be from past experiences, can't really say.  ;D

I wonder what the insurance man thought?

Around these parts ironwood has a very criss cross grain and is about impossible to split for firewood. Sound familiar?

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Re: Man drops tree, kills wife
« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2002, 08:22:07 PM »
It usually doesn't get big enough around here that it needs splitting :)  The little bit that I have split didn't seem too bad.
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Re: Man drops tree, kills wife
« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2002, 09:24:11 AM »
When people around here say ironwood they usually mean

eastern hophornbeam, Ostrya virginiana but sometimes they mean,
American hornbeam aka blue beech aka musclewood, Carpinus carolina

They don't really look alike other than they're usually small trees have very dense wood and the leaves are similar.  I see hophornbeam a lot on former pastured woods and hornbeam more on drainages and cove sites.  I guess we need some pictures in the tree ID forum.

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Re: Man drops tree, kills wife
« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2002, 12:00:52 PM »
The tree I'm referring to has a fruit that looks like hops.  It has a rough bark and grows on forest edges where the woods is taking back what it once had.  I'm sure it's an eastern hop horn bean.  Ruffed really like it for budding in the winter.
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