As some of you know, I recently had a bunch of trees cut down, all that were too close to the house and otherwise partly dead or very damaged. I originally wanted to try to save the lumber (6 big leaf maples + 2 firs) but after a lot of nagging by LOML, we decided against it. I didn't feel so badly when I saw how they were all diseased and discolored inside--I guess from large chunks broken off here and there? Anyway, you can see here, the weirdness:
Look to the right, see the big dark patches?
I did notice that some of it was heavily spalted too, with the tell-tale different color lines. I wasn't sure how bad the dark parts were so I kept 3 big chunks intact and a lot of crotches. See the big piece on the right? That's about 3' across and 3' high. I also kept several slices from the bases, all about 30" in diameter.
My question is, those dark parts in the first photo, are those wasted wood? It didn't feel soft.....Can a woodworker or turner (not me) use that?
I didn't have any of the special sealant, so I used some leftover latex paint and painted all the open ends of whatever I'm keeping.
Any Family Friends here that would like a crotch piece, let me know by PM. Not sure if I could get it over the border unless I take the bark off.
I'm always interested to hear everyone's opinion.....