Texas wood was : Period Methods for Turning
- Off one of the wood-turning groups I'm on
One of the guys in Plano Tx just got several 20'(dia) logs of Mulberry.
Another reports that the highway department has cut down 100 large oaks on 183 on the north side of the road east of Precient Road.
Green wood can be found lots of places
- in these parts the tree guys have big loaders with grappling on the front, they hardly cut the tree very much at all, jus tpick it up and dump in the 80,000 lb truck and off it goes...
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, conradh@... wrote:
> On Mon, February 21, 2011 7:25 pm, Ralph wrote:
> > But one big source, if you live "in town", is the trees many cities plant
> > along the streets. Many "dumps" have special areas for dumping trees and
> > stumps. Some of them let locals extract wood. The local county has
> > contacts for both the local carving club and the turning club, they pass
> > these along to people that want help disposing of special trees
> Also private trees from yards and farms. You can often make the same
> arrangements with tree surgeons as Ralg describes for city workers. Or
> just get known as someone who can and will cut trees down for neighbors.
> I got a good deal of nice cherry that way last year. There are three very
> old walnut trees on my own place that are not doing well, so over the next
> year or two I'll be getting that.
> Obviously, you need to know what you're doing! Also, in town you can
> seldom just drop a whole tree and work it up on the ground; usually you'll
> have to climb and take it down piece by piece. With the risk of putting a
> limb through somebody's window or across their satellite dish, added to
> the risks of running a chain saw while perched in a tree/on a ladder, PLUS
> all the usual pucker factor of working in the woods. Be careful, and
> think everything through three times! Watch the pros work, but don't just
> imitate them because a lot of professionals are macho idiots who are too
> young to imagine getting hurt. Pay attention to how the _old_ ones do it!
> You really need a pickup or trailer to take advantage of these sudden
> opportunities. Most people who are cutting trees or wanting them gone
> want them gone _now_, so they can get on with their building project, or
> repairing whatever the tree fell down on. Professionals will often give
> you all you want, if you help load it and can take it away by the end of
> the day. If you don't have the truck or trailer yourself, do you have a
> friend with one? Perhaps you can team up.
> Have some heavy lifting ability handy! A gang of friends, some
> come-alongs, a flatbed truck with a winch mounted at the cab end of the
> bed, some kind of crane...Professionals may have these, but sometimes pros
> just cut a tree into really small pieces to reduce handling efforts, and
> if you want nice long pieces you may have to lift and load them yourself.
> Finally, the good news is that urban trees often have highly figured wood.
> The bad news is that they rarely have clear, straight grain. Only
> occasionally will you get wood you can rive; figure on ripsawing almost
> any long piece you prepare. Good splitting wood usually comes from dense
> forest, where the trees shade out each other's low branches. Branches
> equal knots. In town young, growing trees are rarely shaded that much;
> many of them were deliberately in full sun for the sake of the shade
> they'd make on the house or ground!
> also in the wet side of AnTir