Some Shii Wood From The Local Shinto Shrine
My wife got a call from the local Shinto priestess, they had some trees trimmed on at their shrine and did I want any?
I went and looked and at first I was quite excited to see a nice sized log......
The whole log was rotten, Oh well, that is why the tree had to come down I guess.
They also took some limbs off a large Shii tree (We say "Shiinoki" in Japanese which is literally "A Shii Tree") in English it is "Castanopsis (chinquapin or chinkapin)" I've never heard of it except in Japan, but it is very close to the golden chinkapins of the Pacific Northwest, if that helps, I gather it is also closely related to Beech wood.
Anyway, I got some nice pieces.
and I cut them up in my parking space using my electric chainsaws, worked great!
Today I am processing them into bowl blanks, I hope to get most of them roughed out very soon as some are showing cracks!
Here is the pile I've got to work through, they are on my router table, protected by some plywood, and the Phoenix bandsaw in the background will be put to work!
I've got a few pieces that I'm scratching my head on how to use, they are kind of strange shapes.....
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward