15901Re: Fir "Masts" on the stump "Free"
- Dec 3, 2001Thanks. Probably a good idea you have there, use a tree.
However, "free" in this case is a 3000 mile trip, about $200 in gas.
That buys a lot of good lumber yard boards...
--- In bolger@y..., pateson@c... wrote:
> I think this is where I came in a long time ago, but
> I still have a Lot Douglas Fir poles growing withing
> a few hundred feet of my cabin.
> They were all planted too close together and grew for the
> light. Very tall and skinny. Few limbs.
> Most are 10-60 years old.
> I might have some tops that would be "Surf" size.
> I know I have anything larger, up to Smalll Schooner.
> The Tapper to length is about right for mast building.
> Also could be used for Booms or Yards.
> "Simple" Is best, and putting up a "Tree" is about as
> simple as it gets. Built in "Tapper".
> Seriously, the round "tree" distibutes the forces much
> better that sawn lumber. Center of Tree is center of mast.
> Radial grain. There Is No "Cross Grain" and Knots
> are not nearly the factor they are in a "Board".
> That's why a laminated "Board" mast is much better than solid.
> I can also give personal testimony to these "Masts"
> supporting their tops in 60+ Knot winds.
> They come up from the roots before they break.
> But that is when they are green and living.
> I live about 30 miles South East of Portland, Oregon, USA.
> Anybody that is interested is welcome.
> I can cut it to lenght, but transportation from here is
> up to you.
> "Free" Just a ride on your boat when you get it build.
> Have fun
> Pat Patteson
> Molalla, Oregon
> (You would think with all these "Free" masts around, I would
> do better that Irrigation pipe to the "Toad".)
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