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    My Arborist Buddy Called......

    ........ he says he has a nice chunk of Sakura on his truck....... do I want it....

    About 4' long by 14" thick at the widest point, knarly, full of bugs, has some dirt INSIDE it and such, the tree has been standing dead for about 3 years, but there was little rot on the trunk, the part I got.

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    Even know this tree was DEAD for 3 years, this chunk of wood, two of the arborists could barely lift it and put it in my truck. When I got home I used gravity and hoists to move it around It was HOT today, one of the first really hot and humid days, the arborists all looked rather tired and worn out, but they perked right up when I gave them a couple of cold six packs of beer, smiles all around

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    Boy, we have seen this sight before Big chunk of wood on the Dungeon worktable

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    This is the top area of the log, the part that split into three branches, I did not know what to do with it exactly, so I made a big round chunk out of it, I'll try to make a big hollow form from it

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    The table full of chunks that need more porcessing, some cutting, and some sealing, then they will be added to the growing pile of "to be turned" stock

    I think that the Ci1 Easy Rougher is going to come in handy!

    Oh yeah, the guy told me that they have a really nice tree for me on Monday (when it rains.......) they told me it was "Gekkeijyu"......... no idea, but they said it was an "Italian" tree

    I asked one of my daughters, she said, "You know, like in the Olympics......" "Laurel"..... I wonder how that will turn?

    They said the trunk was about 14" in diameter....

    Anyone turn Laurel?

    Cheers!
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    Congrats on the wood score! Should make for one really nice hollow form! Sounds like you have quite the method of keeping your arborist friends happy - and coming back! LOL Looking forward to seeing the hollow form!
    Steve

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    Congrats Stu on a great haul. Keep them boys happy.
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    Nice! I need to make friends with some arborists!

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    Nice wood,Stu..as always, will be watching for the outcome with resignation (think I'm gunna start origami and let the turning to the turners)
    Noticed in another thread that yer comin' home for a visit. Boy, wish I was on the west coast, would have really enjoyed meeting you, though through here and the dungeon vids I feel that we are only missing the cold beer and a private tutorial. Bon voyage, and safe travels

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    Nice wood score, Stu. Owning a LS and having an arrangment with those arborists is almost like cheating!

    Don't know anything about Laurel but any 14" diameter log is great. It will be interesting to see what you find out about turning it.

    Now, refresh my memory. Sakura in English is???
    Cody


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    Boy! Now you've got plenty of material to make all your Xmas presents, so no excuses this year!


    Indian Laurel, I do not know if yours is that one, is a beatiful wood although I've read somewhere that its dust is highly allergenic, it makes your eyes cry and the dust seems to hang in the atmosphere for quite a long time, making you sneeze at the best.

    I think I've read it in on Krenov's books ( I'll look it down)

    We use laurel leaves here to condiment many meals, the tradition is to bring a bunch of laurel branches on palm sunday to be blessed by the priest and then use the leaves the rest of the year to give flavour to your meals and hence making them blessed as well.
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    Cody, Sakura is the Ornamental Cherry, as in flowers, but no fruit.

    Toni, I'll be curious as well to see what they have for me.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Cody, Sakura is the Ornamental Cherry, as in flowers, but no fruit.

    Toni, I'll be curious as well to see what they have for me.

    Cheers!
    Stu,
    I've been to your site.... when have you passed up free wood? Even if it was laying in the street....?

    Ted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Jay View Post
    Stu,
    I've been to your site.... when have you passed up free wood? Even if it was laying in the street....?

    Ted
    Ted, you know me well

    So, the second half of this story........

    I get a call today, Tuesday, they have cut down two trees, the Laurel and one other, they have the two trunks out and waiting for me, only a few minutes from my house

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    The two trunks, they are not huge, but they should yield some nice blanks, the Laurel on the left and the other one, "Akamegashiwa" which I cannot really find an "English" name for The "Latin" name is "Mallotus Japonicus"

    Seems to be related to Oak, a distant relation...

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    The grain is really nice, I just hope this stuff is not too soft, it was not easy to cut, but the arborist seemed to think it was a "Soft" wood.

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    making Big Blue earn his keep

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    First coat of sealer on the bunch of blanks

    Cheers
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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