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Re: The Sycamore project.
« Reply #380 on: October 04, 2012, 11:15:23 PM »
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« Reply #381 on: October 05, 2012, 07:14:39 AM »
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« Reply #382 on: October 05, 2012, 09:00:33 AM »
I had a question reguarding those sycamore logs and a little project of my own.
How old were those logs and did you leave them set on purpose?

I have been getting quite a few nice plump sycamore logs from a logger and most of them have been going into my weekly production of 3x4 cants. However I have 1 log that is HUGE! It measures about 30'' on the small end and has quite a bit of taper. I was thinking of thick slabbing it to possibly make some table tops for sale. I do know that the other syc I have been sawing has quite a bit of tension in it and wants to warp and twist some. I cut a few that had been down all summer and they did have deep cracks, but that just about all edged out. The wood had some spalting and some  blue/green stain in the outside 6 to 8''.  Very beautiful. Is there any hope of keeping the 3 to 5'' thick slabs flat.
I have a neighbor who has an EZ model 40 who will probably slab it for me.
What should I do or what would you do?  PC
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Re: The Sycamore project.
« Reply #383 on: October 05, 2012, 09:48:40 PM »
I don't believe that the log had been cut more than several months by the time we sawed it.  It was 21' long and about 33" on the small end, but there was not much taper.  I would cut the thick slabs out of the center 1/3 of the log.  The boards on the outside portion of the cant (closest to the bark) seem to be the worst to warp and twist.
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« Reply #384 on: October 06, 2012, 01:51:27 AM »
Depending on how things go, I am forseeing a possible project in South Carolina this winter. Not sycamore, but I have some things in mind, and it may involve one or more unusual species. If we go this route, I will post more info soon, in a new post. Of course, nobody has to come if they don't want to.  ;)
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Re: The Sycamore project.
« Reply #385 on: October 06, 2012, 04:57:15 PM »
Paul one of the things I was looked at when picking this log was the strait grain. Lots of the sycamore have the spiral grain going around the tree on the way up. These will cause the most of the warping. 
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« Reply #386 on: October 06, 2012, 10:58:50 PM »
I have about decided to let this one go a while. maybe till spring and I think I will park it out under the walnut trees along the drive. I am planning to saw 4 to 6'' thick table/counter tops out of it. Maybe it will get a little color, spalting, and character in the wood. PC
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« Reply #387 on: May 01, 2021, 10:02:29 PM »
I have been nursing a cold the past day or so and I decided to read some old posts while sitting around idle.  I came across this one.  This one predates any of Jake's projects that I had the privilege to attend.  It reminded me of how much fun I had at all of them and all of the great folks I had the opportunity to meet in person in addition to the wealth of knowledge openly shared by the experts.

A little after 2:30 this afternoon John showed up after coaching a couple of travel ball games for his son and I decided it was time to get off of my lazy rear and start sawing.  We spent more time pulling cypress logs out of the pond than we did sawing.  We tried to find the smallest logs that would make 16' 1"x6"s rather than waste some of our better logs but after a couple of hours and only half the order filled, we pulled a couple of better logs and knocked it out.

I, along with most of the rest of you, are ready for Covid to be a memory.  I look forward to seeing all of my Forestry Forum friends again.  I did not take any pictures of the lumber we sawed but I will say that with the prices lately, we were not slabbing heavy and cut a bunch of short 1x4's and 1x6's that were shorter than 16'.

John worked the pond and I worked the tractor today.

 

Most of these logs are not floating but are stacked to the bottom.  It is our dry season and the pond is probably only 8' deep.

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« Reply #388 on: May 01, 2021, 10:25:58 PM »
Any bluegills in there too?
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« Reply #389 on: May 01, 2021, 10:54:19 PM »
What about water snakes ?
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« Reply #390 on: May 01, 2021, 11:09:36 PM »
Oh forget it. Im gone
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« Reply #391 on: May 01, 2021, 11:13:26 PM »
Jeff, over the years we have had some very large bass in there.  At one time we had four over ten pounds but this time of the year it does tend to get dry and some years the pond gets so low that the oxygen levels drop and the fish die.  For a while we just had shiners in there to use as live bait when bass fishing.  Several years ago John and I put a cooler full of crawdads and some blue talipia (an invasive edible species) in there.  Last summer, during the pandemic shutdown I actually had time to bass fish a little and put 20 or so in the pond.  They will smash the talapia and should grow quickly.  

A few years ago there were dozens of snakes in this pond but the birds are doing a pretty good job of keeping them at bay.  After I retire I hope to be able to make it to one of your pig roasts.  I've never been to Michigan but after seeing your pictures, I think I want to.



 At one time, when John and I were kids, we put a bunch of bluegills in the pond and some got huge.  We called them t#++y bream because you could not hold them with one hand.  It takes longer to pull logs out of the pond than it does to saw them but it is better than feeding the logs to the bugs.  
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« Reply #392 on: May 01, 2021, 11:18:22 PM »
Mr. Tom took me to a restaurant one time where there was a walkway over some water. Largest gills, brim, that I ever saw. Like a dinner plate big. I dropped a foam earplug in the water a spaloosh! One had it. Oh I wanted a fishing pole and not a fork!  I remember this place was full of taxidermy.
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Re: The Sycamore project.
« Reply #393 on: May 04, 2021, 09:18:07 AM »
Jake likes to cut them thick and wide


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