Sometimes something comes along and presents a challenge, sometimes it's best to just walk away. I have really never mastered that principal and often jump in without checking the water depth. This is one of those cases, these white oak logs were way too big to handle or even move so they all had to be split with a chainsaw. This one was the smallest log so I cut it in half to try and get a few slabs out of it. It took a little adjusting and a little trimming but I did manage to get this 1/2 cut up. It maxed out the saw cut roller to roller but it did yield some interesting slabs and also some 4/4 qtr sawn oak boards
I just pulled these bark on boards out of the kiln. They will get run thru the planer next and be ready for someone to make a masterpiece out of.
I decided to tackle this oak log project now that the weather has cooled off a little. This is the largest log I have ever tried to saw and was so big it had to be split with a chainsaw. It took 3 gallons of gas, 6 chains, and 2 saws but I did manage to get it done. It was a lot of work, but hopefully will yield some great quarter sawn oak lumber. The cuts aren't perfectly straight but, it will work for getting manageable size logs to saw up.
I bought a Norwood HD36 mill and while I get all the kinks worked out get used to having a mill with hydraulics I thought i would cut up some butternut. I love butternut it smells so wonderful and it cuts like a dream. These logs I am cutting 16/4 for woodcarving stock. It is very sad that the butternut trees are all dying as it is such a wonderful wood to work with.
On another note I managed to get in a cottonwood bark hunting trip. I really enjoy hunting for bark and am always looking for new places to try. I did ok this year and hope to give it a try next year if it works out. If I go again I will have to try out
While I am on a roll I may as well show off the maple live edge slabs I cut a few months ago. I am late for the live edge slab craze but I like cutting them and hopefully they will find a home someplace.
Man time just seems to be getting away from me. I haven't posted in 3 months. I really need to do better, well I will post these. I don't get really super excited like I used to when I saw up a log. I have opened up quite a few logs and as I get older I
I have not been sawing too much lately, it was a long cold winter and I just wasn't really interested in sawing logs in the cold. This sugar maple had early in 2018 and sat all summer so I picked it up loaded it and cut it up into slabs. The slabs are 2 1/2 " thick and should make great slab table tops. If you listen close at the very end you will hear me slice thru 3 nails not ideal but it does happen. I also posted a picture of one of the slabs it has some character and should look great when the wood is finished.
I decided to try and make a few wedding cookies on my new mill. I had it down pretty well on my old mill but this one is a little different. It just goes to show you not everything goes as planned.
Well I guess I should clarify myself, it was bark hunting season. This season was a pretty good one I didn't find the elusive giant bark of legends but I did score some nice stuff in the 3" to 4" range and some 5" stuff. I enjoy the hunting part as I get to be outside and enjoy nature quite a change from my normal desk job. The unloading and stacking isn't as much fun.....