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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia

    Bitter Chocolate

    Sometimes when things seem just too good to be true, they are. I answered a a 'free walnut' listing on the local Craigslist and it turned out to be 5 minutes away in the back yard of a 110 year old farm house, courtesy of hurricane Irene. The owners didn't have a chain saw and couldn't afford to hire a tree service. They said I could have all I wanted just for cutting the tree up
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    Unfortunately, much of it had ring shake (separation of the growth rings, parallel to the rings) and will stay with the owner for firewood.
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    Hopefully there will be some nice crotch figure in the main trunk.
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    I managed to haul away one pickup load today before running out of steam.
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    I hate to think I'm getting too old for this

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Orem, Utah
    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    I hate to think I'm getting too old for this
    Looks like you did just fine to me.

    Are you saying that a few years back you'd have whacked up 3+ trees before lunch or something?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Congrats on the haul. Yep know what ya mean. Just can't do what we used to.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Bittersweet indeed. On the other hand, had there not been the ring shake problem, then there would have been so much chocolate you'd have gotten tired of turning it all. In the end, it's a win-win, though. The owner got some free tree work and firewood*, and you got some very promising blanks to play with. Those crotches should have great things hiding in them.

    *I know it's not uncommon in some parts, but I still can't wrap my mind around walnut firewood. That's like making shop fixtures out of purpleheart and bloodwood. (Oh wait, I've seen that done. Jim King in Peru has posted photos of that sort of thing.)
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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