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    Shi-noki Haul

    I got a call from my friendly Shinto priest today

    The wood is called Shi-noki around here, but the proper name is "Sudajii" in Japanese, or "Castanopsis sieboldii" or "chinkapins" or "chinquapins", in English, and is of the Beech family. The tree was quite sick and rotting, but it looks like the main trunk is going to be OK for me to get.

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    The Arborist guys have a new truck! It has a neat crane on it, that you can also attach a cherry picker bucket to the boom.

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    This is one of the pieces I'm getting

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    It is too bad that most of this wood is not so good.
    If you notice the guy on the side of the pic, has something in his hand, it is a remote control unit for the crane neat

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    I'm getting the piece with the yellow ribbon on it, and the one directly to the right.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Congrats! Looks like you'll have another blank processing event in the dungeon very soon.
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    Nice haul!! To bad you couldn't get more Kinda off subject but How are wood turners thought of mesquite? I have turned a little of it and seems ok, but think it might crack alot. It is nateral here and I can get as much as I want.

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    Always very nice to get free wood, instead of buying wood, to expensive, anyway for me. A good friend of me, he works for the municipal works, promised me a truck load of different spieces of wood, the highest time, I'm running out of wood, so my wood store is almost empty.

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    Stu great haul. Looks like a bowl roughing party going to be going on soon.

    Zack mesquite is quite good to turn. You can take it from start to finish in one setting and it doesn't move. I have a lot of NE bowls out of mesquite that are 6 months to 1 1/2 yrs old and still no movement.
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    Well, it rained and rained and then rained some more on Thursday, so I did not get to the shrine to cut up my wood until today, Friday. It was just raining a little bit when I got there.

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    Here are the pieces that I am getting, in the first pic, the piece on the left, it is the very bottom chunk of the trunk. The second pic, the piece on the right and the piece with the yellow ribbon.

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    Just a picture for scale. Notice the black mark on the lower left part of the log? yep, a nail further up the trunk of the tree not the part I'm getting.

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    The fine mess I made


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    The pieces I got....

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    .... the worksite cleaned up

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    Here is the stump they left, with the tree growing in and over the various stones, I was really surprised how the guy just went at the stump with his chainsaw, I would have been afraid of hitting stone.

    I have the one longest piece to slice up yet, I hope to get to it tomorrow morning.

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 05-30-2008 at 10:22 AM.
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    Man, looks like you got some sweet pieces. That burly-looking piece has got to be hiding some great stuff.

    Funny how a couple years ago you had a big wood haul, and most of it became lumber. This time, all I see are turning blanks.
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    Well, I do still have a whole roof top full of lumber......
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Congratulations, Stu!
    You da man.
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    become so uncommon?

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    Nice haul. And interesting Japan also has 'chinky pin' oaks. More correctly, Chinquapin Oak or
    (Yellow Oak) Quercus muehlenbergii , these are of the white oak family. They are found in the Ozarks but are disappearing. The tiny acorns are (reportedly) tasty enough to be eaten raw by humans.

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