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Re: Old Man of the Maple Tree
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2012, 08:29:48 AM »
I am just wondering if you have a book match to it?

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Re: Old Man of the Maple Tree
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2012, 04:03:48 AM »
Yes WDH, DanG could be an Ent.  He also could be Gandalf himself.  He also looks a lot like Dumbeldoor in the Harry Potter books.
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Re: Old Man of the Maple Tree
« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2012, 06:06:30 AM »
Proof trees came frome monkeys.
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« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2012, 08:05:48 AM »
Proof trees came frome monkeys.

thats evolution for you...  :)

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Re: Old Man of the Maple Tree
« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2012, 09:21:19 AM »
So, that sly rascal has been an Ent all this time?  I guess he Ent-tended to keep this a secret  ;D.
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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2012, 04:59:38 PM »
Just think if you had rotated the log 30 degrees before cutting, you would have had the image of the Space Shuttle flying overhead while Thomas Jefferson and others were signing the Declaration of Independence.   
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Re: Old Man of the Maple Tree
« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2012, 10:27:29 PM »
Opticsguy, you have a good eye  ;D.
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« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2012, 11:57:56 PM »
Just think if you had rotated the log 30 degrees before cutting, you would have had the image of the Space Shuttle flying overhead while Thomas Jefferson and others were signing the Declaration of Independence.

I'll keep an eye out for something like that.
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Re: Old Man of the Maple Tree
« Reply #28 on: March 17, 2012, 11:58:48 PM »
I am just wondering if you have a book match to it?

I have to go back and look, but actually I think the match may have been an outer slab.  :-\
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« Reply #29 on: March 19, 2012, 11:42:49 PM »
Well, a week or so later, I hope to get back to the whack tomorrow. As long as the mill is not out of whack.  :-\  Anyway, I have three more logs to saw (remember this takes me an inordinately long time!). It may take me all afternoon to mill the three logs. Two of them are pretty good size. I need to try some blades that are specifically for hardwood, and maybe they will stay sharp longer. But my offbearing procedure is probably what slows me down the most. I am trying to improve my style, but right now I am lucky if I get 50 bf an hour. Maybe with the larger logs I will do better. But when the maple is done, I have a treat for after that-- HOLLY! American Holly! Four logs, about 8-10" diameter. When I have the holly finished, then I will take the holly and the maple, and the wood gnome, to the kiln. And hopefully the last load I took will be ready-- I need to time milling the holly until I know my wood that's in the kiln is ready, so the holly, hopefully, doesn't spend much time green.
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Re: Old Man of the Maple Tree
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2012, 11:48:09 PM »
I am still wondering if that was Holly that I sawed a few weeks ago?  Maybe I can get in the woods soon and check Holly bark out.   ???
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« Reply #31 on: March 20, 2012, 12:06:43 AM »
Well there are several kinds. I will post pictures. American Holly seems to be the one most likely to achieve millable size. The American Holly is definitely white or ivory color inside (the wood even seems to bleach out a little after it is cut, it is more of a very light yellowy or vanilla color before the surface dries.) . The trick, I've been told, is to get it dried in the kiln immediately after milling, but I am by no means an expert, so we are trying to achieve this as a learning process here.
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« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2012, 12:20:15 AM »
Oh, and American Holly bark is usually quite smooth and gray, kind of resembles beech bark. Of course there are knots every two inches or so and prickly hard green leaves every two millimeters or so on the twiggy little branches. I will definitely mill any piece 8" and up that appears to be even apologetically straight.
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« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2012, 12:47:02 AM »
The trick, I've been told, is to get it dried in the kiln immediately after milling...

You've been told right. You also need to saw it the same day it's felled if you can, especially in warm weather. In cooler weather it may be possible to wait a bit before milling without the lumber staining.
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« Reply #34 on: March 20, 2012, 12:57:34 AM »
Unfivefortunately, it was cut down about a week ago, or a day or two more. I'm hoping the cut-down time is not nearly as important as the milling-to-kiln time.
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« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2012, 08:06:05 AM »
The clock is definitely ticking on you with this hot weather.
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« Reply #36 on: March 20, 2012, 11:02:59 AM »
Yes and unfortunately again, I have just come down with Strep throat. And I am under pressure to help out with some other "urgent" projects.  :(
I have a doc appointment in an hour. Mrs. Okra made me say "Ah" and she saw a huge white spot on the back of my throat. Hope that isn't TMI.
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« Reply #37 on: March 20, 2012, 11:22:10 AM »
she saw a huge white spot on the back of my throat. Hope that isn't TMI.

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« Reply #38 on: March 21, 2012, 01:19:43 AM »
Good guess, but I think not. I went to the doc today and they did a test and it came back negative for strep, so it's just a nasty virus.  :-\

I milled up two maple logs today, took me four hours. About 200 bf.  >:(
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