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Thread: Got a Little Wood - Easter Egg Time

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    Got a Little Wood - Easter Egg Time

    LOML told me today she'd seen some fresh-cut turning wood stacked on the curb about a half mile from our house. (I love that girl...she bird-dogs for turning wood now.) I went by the house this afternoon, and the girl who answered the door said it was there for the taking, so I did. I didn't take all of it, since I could only fit three pieces in my Ranger.

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    It's Siberian Elm, and it looks like the tree was dying, since there are a few punky-looking places. All three pieces are crotches. The big one is about 27" in diameter at the small end.

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    Here's the other end of that one...

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    Here's the big end of the mid-sized crotch. I didn't put the tape on it to see the size, but it'll be plenty big.

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    The smallest one is also pretty big, but small enough that I was able to load it without the lift gate.

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    I wouldn't have been able to roll the big one onto the lift gate had it not been for a couple young guys who drove by just as I was starting to load up. They wanted to also get some of the wood (for camping firewood), and were real happy when I said I didn't want it all. They helped me load my truck, I helped them load theirs, and we had the whole pile gone from the curb in minutes.

    Dunno how good elm is to turn, but it was free, and I suspect I can at least get my money's worth out of it.
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    Got a little wood

    WTG there,sure hope you get some good turnings from it

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    Congrats on the wood. That is a great haul. I turn quite a bit of it here as it turns out to be some really pretty wood especially when finished with like AO or other oil. Kinda smells when turning so don't be surprised. You'll guess the smell when you turn it but is worth turning anyway.
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    Nice hual, but you could have fit a few more peices in there.

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    1/2 mile away...and only one trip???

    Nice haul, look to have some nice pieces there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    1/2 mile away...and only one trip???
    Between me and the two other guys, we cleaned 'em out in a single run. Looks like most of the tree had already been hauled away...the smaller, easier to handle pieces were already gone. There were about 7 or 8 big pieces left when we got there, and none when we left.
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    Free is good! I can always find time to do FREE
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    Hey Vaughn, if that Siberian Elm is anything line most Elm I have seen, it is pretty stable, dries out very hard and due to cross grain is very strong, (doesn't check or split). Soooo... IF it is like that, you might save some small chunks to make "Plane Knobs" and/or Totes with, and maybe even some Turning Tool or Chisel Handles.

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    Nice haul. Free wood is always good wood.
    Lookin' forward to finished results.
    Nebber turned elm. Talk about the experience when you post.

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    Vaughn,
    If you take that tool box out you'll have more room for wood...

    I don't know anything about Siberian Elm, but I had a 50 ft American elm(or whatever the local elms are called) taken down last year or year before (I'm loosing track of time) that was dead and dropping limbs on my shop... what I've turned so far was pretty nice. It's been laying unprotected in the yard since it was cut and I think some of it has been attached by ants... so I need to get busy or I'm going to lose a lot of it.
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