For those who have been following my Backyard Maple Saga, today I had a guy come to my house and mill the few big pieces that I had kept from the bases of the trees. I put an ad on CL looking for someone with the "technology" to cut up these pieces since I don't want to wait 100 years for them to dry. Pieces that were like 2.5' long and 2.5' diameter. A real nice guy said he could do it for a reasonable price with a contraption called a "Texas Chainsaw".
I wasn't sure what we'd find inside these pieces, but I was hopeful. The guy cut boards anywhere between 3/4" to 3" thick depending on what I wanted. He did a great job.
I was pleasantly surprised that the chunks were very interesting inside. There was some spalting, some strange colors, a little birdseye, and some things I've never seen.
This was totally weird. Who ever had maple that was so dark? It's not punky--looks and feels fine.
This below is a strange uneven grain pattern. What is this?
But the best haul of the day was from this piece. It was a big crotch piece, and we didn't know if we'd get anything useful at all.
Tomorrow everything will get stacked and stickered. I'm too tired now.