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Very Large Oak Tree4/22
I just bought a 23hp Lumbermate 2000 and plan on starting a new business.
Here is the first tree given to me.
The City I live in had a very large [White Oak "I think"] tree fall in the park and they will give it to me If I take it all.
I am not real sure I can pick it up, but if I pull it off, does any on know if it would be worth it?
I wont be able to mill it unless I rip it into 1/4. I am assuming Diameter Slabs for the trunk would be best for tables. The center is rotted out.
There will be some nice lumber in just the limbs but I might have to buy a very large chainsaw just to make table slabs.
Can any one give me Ideas if it would be worth all this energy to get this thing?
I probably wont be able to sell table slabs locally. They would have to be shipped.
Is there a market for it? If so whats the best way to cut it?
I have a website but it will be a few months before its ready and who knows how long before I get traffic.
Dr. Sam Sherrill of Cincinnati (area), Ohio, is the author of "Harvesting Urban Timber" (you can 'google' his website) and he has some experience in this area. He has made over 20 pieces of furnture form the LIMBS of a 500 year old bur oak tree. So to answer one of your questions, Yes, it can be worth all the energy...but it won't necessarily be easy.
You might want to check with the city where you got the tree and see if they would be interested in purchasing some benches or other products (lumber?) from the tree. This approach has been used recently in cities impacted by the emerald ash borer (Monroe, Michigan and Gross Pointe park, Michigan are two examples).
Good luck, Steve
Someone already promised to take the whole tree and most of the limbs are already gone to fire wood :(.
Just the trunk and the slash. Plus two limbs are left.
Any idea how to get ahold of Sam Sherrill? I'd like to put an article about him and the book on Smallwoodnews.com and TimberBuySell.com, but his web site has no contact information.
General hint - if you have a web site, make sure that people can get ahold of you!
If you go to the Harvesting Urban Timber website, you can click on "email" at the bottom of the homepage to reach Sam Sherrill.
Have you been able to get ahold of him through that link? It's just to "webmaster."
Have you been able to reach Sam through his Harvesting Urban Timber website?
If you want to learn more about all the possibilities of utilizing urban trees, check out the above referenced website.
If I had that log, first I would make sure that it it is, indeed white oak. Foolin around with red oak just ain't worth what I am going to tell you. An old Sawyer down the road a piece, who shall remain nameless told me how to do the first method. What you do is to take a chainsaw and plunge cut the width of the bar to half or just a little more than halfway through the center of the log, about a foot from the bottom end of the log. Like sticking a toothpick halfway deep in a cucumber, near the end. Then you put into the bar cut about a shot glass full of bullseye pistol powder, a good length of cannon fuse, some folded newspaper wadding, and a wooden wedge. Pound the wedge in good, making sure to not flatten or cut the fuse. The wedge needs to completely fill the hole, without interfering with the fuse. A word about safety here- the amount of powder is not much more than about 3 12 gauge rounds, if we were to compare to ammo, but always respect the power of powder! the fuse should be long enough to allow you time to safely walk away a couple of hundred feet. Another safety factor is to not go near the log for a whole day if it doesn't go off. Also, you can't do this on wet, green logs, as your powder will get wet, unless you put the powder into a foil packet, made to fit into the bar cut. The next step is obvious- light the fuse, and walk to a place far away. Generally what happens is that the log cracks deeply through the center, with the widest gap being a couple of inches wide. There will be noise, like black powder rifle being fired. There will be smoke, about a billowing cloud 20-30' in diameter. Lastly, Do Not do this in a populated area, people are a lot more touchy about loud noises and smoke since 9/11/01. I have seen this technique used quite safely, but if it scares you-Don't do it! The other method uses a special tool that I will describe in another post, if there is enough interest.
dont split it unless you have no options... youtube. search blackpowder splitting......they have a picture there that will bring ya back to reality when dealing with black powder.......
im in California? where'd ya say ya were?