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    opened up a maple crotch today

    I don't know where to put this, I guess it could be considered flatwork.

    I opened this maple crotch this afternoon. It has some nice spalting and figure. I decided to cut off this junction of three limbs that stuck out of the side so I could get a flat spot. I also included a couple of action shots. I think this piece would make a nice turning chunk. I haven't decided if I'm going to cut it into slabs 1.5 or 2 inches thick.
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    Wow, that sure is pretty wood!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Wow, that sure is pretty wood!
    I came to say pretty much exactly the same thing. It's fun seeing that kind of figure exposed. Kind of like cracking open a treasure chest, huh John?
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    That is sure some pretty wood
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    Nice looking wood!!! A slab of that might make a great table top.
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    Beautiful wood with so many possibilities.
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    John, around here cutting into a hunk of a crotch will sometimes reveal what the past owners laid in that tree to keep and never came back for. Like horseshoes, RR spikes, pliers, etc. Do you have a metal detector wand that you use beforehand? Man that is nice as others have said!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    John, around here cutting into a hunk of a crotch will sometimes reveal what the past owners laid in that tree to keep and never came back for. Like horseshoes, RR spikes, pliers, etc. Do you have a metal detector wand that you use beforehand? Man that is nice as others have said!
    I do have a metal detector that I'm using. I've been lucky so far, and haven't found anything.

    Vaughn, you're right, it's like opening a Christmas present with each cut. My brother in law calls it wood porn. This could be addictive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Daugherty View Post
    I do have a metal detector that I'm using. I've been lucky so far, and haven't found anything.

    Vaughn, you're right, it's like opening a Christmas present with each cut. My brother in law calls it wood porn. This could be addictive.
    john there is no COULD BE its a definite WILL BE the more you see the more you wait for the next one..even if you dont need anymore wood if you want slabs that are no less than 2.25" to allow for clean up and still have a thick slab when your done the drying can cause warping and you need some extra for cleanup in isle FIVE
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    John,
    I don't know if you just came up with that or if it is "old hat" and I had not encountered it---However, "wood porn" really cracked me up.

    It is like that in high-fire pottery. You are never sure just what is going to come come out of the kiln after a firing. That is why so many of the larger kilns have pottery figures sitting on them...The Kiln Gods. (I hope that is not too religious for anyone. If so, I apologize.)

    That is one beautiful hunk of wood.

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