Holy molly...crotch wood? I leave that out in the woods to rot. Its too hard to split, and by the time I get that high up the tree, the few sticks of wood I can get out of it isn't worth the hassle. You see people don't want lots of small wood in their firewood piles, and the truckers that haul this stuff pretty much want stems and trunks too. Limbs and brush don't "pack" into the truck that well...so...well...its left in the woods to rot.
Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan
As for the burl...how big is your lathe? I got a burl in a living piece of cherry that is about 3 feet in diameter and about 4 feet long by the time I cut it out of the tree. I'm not sure of the exact size, but its a big Black Cherry tree that has been growing for years. I'll see if I can snap a picture of it later on today. It's pretty big.
I'll PM you soon regarding that Black Cherry Burl...I'll be harvesting more shortly. The last crop of burl just was trucked to some firewood customer somewhere in Maine. There was only a dozen pieces in it anyway and they were not much bigger then 8-10 inches in diameter, so no loss there. I'll keep more of an eye on it...and crotch wood too...as I harvest.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"