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    Wood-Eating Tree

    Thought I'd show what I found inside a piece of ash I turned tonight. It was a root ball, and it looks like it engulfed a piece of redwood landscaping lumber. That's the only explanation I can think of for the straight line and the completely different kind of wood, with grain going in a different direction.

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    The other half of this chunk of wood had the same (mirror) inclusion.
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    Might want to check for nails, could be that this chunk of wood was nailed to the tree at some point?

    It could also be that the 2x4 looking wood was a stake to hold the tree upright?

    Sure is not something you would expect to find in a root ball
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ...It could also be that the 2x4 looking wood was a stake to hold the tree upright?...
    I think that was the case. I turned it completely away in hollowing the bowl, and didn't run into anything unexpected. I did have a garden slug flung on me when I first spun it up on the lathe, though. He had a fatal accident shortly thereafter.
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    wasteful that was some very good protein you passed up vaughn.. amzing what you find in wood these days..
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    wasteful that was some very good protein you passed up vaughn.. amzing what you find in wood these days..
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    last year when I was hunting down a water flow problem at a friends home I found that the water line went straight through the middle of the tree trunk that was in their front yard. The tree had grown right around the water main and had squeezed it to a trickle. Goes to show how long ago that tree was planted and the age of the home. So I can see something like that happening with a root ball. I bet that will make an interesting bowl to say the least and the stories of Kamikaze slugs just adds to the entertainment.
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    That is a cool picture Vaughn. I guess you never know.
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    Remarkable spot Vaughn, you can only guess were it came from, but sometimes wood can really surprise you.

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    Nice surprise Vaughn! It's amazing what you can find in some wood sometimes....Oh and the grub.....teaches you to wear a face shield or turn with your mouth closed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I think that was the case. I turned it completely away in hollowing the bowl, and didn't run into anything unexpected. I did have a garden slug flung on me when I first spun it up on the lathe, though. He had a fatal accident shortly thereafter.
    Oh no. That was no slug. That was an emissary from another world who traveled here in his lanscape-lumber-esque spacecraft to try to stave off an intergalactic war that could destroy both civilizations. He had been waiting, years, for some earthman to free him from his arboreal prison. All is lost.

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