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A big beautiful blow down.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by skyline, May 18, 2012.

  1. skyline

    skyline Burning Hunk

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    A wind storm took over this D. Fir last year and I was never able to get at it. All but the top was way too big to pull out with my tractor but a week of dry weather and a great neighbor with his backhoe came over so we could pull it to where it was accessible to chunk out. Even these chunks were a challenge to handle. The base of the main log where I bucked it was 36" and 40' to where it split in to two equal stems 22" each. Hopefully I can find a way to mill some of it for a bar top or some other use. Nothing against firewood, I'd just rather have a cold beer on this piece and keep warm from one of its branches.

    The first 20'
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    The 2nd 20' where it split in to 2 stems
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    All skidded out.
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    mecreature, quads and smokinj like this.

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  2. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Wow, that is a specimen right there! :eek: Looks like the D. Fir holds up pretty well if it's down for a while. I'm sure that will make some beautiful slabs of wood...can't wait to see the pics! ==c
  3. skyline

    skyline Burning Hunk

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    It doesn't last too long around here, but if its off the ground it has a chance for a little while, which some of this was. I should have tried to get some of the bark off and it would have done even better.
    No if only I had a mill>>
  4. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Nice log to grab a slab from, it will make a great bar top.

    zap
  5. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Man, that should make a pile of lumber if you so choose. I love playing with big trees.
  6. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    372 to the rescue!
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Jay - pretend that you didn't read the part about me loving big trees, Mmmkay?;)
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  8. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    The slab wood you get from a tree that big, will make quit a bit of fire wood.
    Nice score :)
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    That would be a joy to mill.
  10. Oregon Bigfoot

    Oregon Bigfoot Feeling the Heat

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    Wow, that's about 3 cord sitting there. That's a thing of beauty! Are you doing any moisture testing this year?
  11. skyline

    skyline Burning Hunk

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    Bigfoot,
    I calc'd out the base 40' as just over 3 cords, but I'm trying to do something different with it than firewood. I have a friend that carves and I just need a mill or more imagination. I only wished I had gotten to it sooner. I still have a few drying/weight experiments going. It will be great to see what our May weather has done. I'm sure that everything I c/s/s in april will be below 20% by Sept. Let me know if you come up towards Portland and want to split a round or two:)
  12. Oregon Bigfoot

    Oregon Bigfoot Feeling the Heat

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    I will! :)

    I'm taking Friday off, and will be working on load number 2 from my friend's logging he had done on his property. I cut a load of maple there 9 days ago. I'm not sure if I will go after more maple, or Doug Fir, or some ash, or pine, or fruitwood. He has spruce too, but I'll leave that, it's low on my list of PNW firewood. Of course, with this new batch of rain, I might not be able to drive to the wood if its muddy, so Friday's wood cutting plans are iffy. I have a lot to split/stack already, so that will be an alternate plan. I'm pushing to get 3 years ahead. 2012/2013 done and in the shed. 2013/2014 done (not quite all split). Working on 2014/2015 bucking now.

    My brother in law has a large Douglas Fir about 36" diameter he will have professionally cut sometime this summer or fall. I'm guessing 3+ cords of wood from that beast. Your pics remind me of that tree that's still alive. I hope he waits until next year, to tell you the truth, but the roots are really messing up his driveway and encroaching on the foundation.

    I'd be interested in your drying experiments, as I am in the same weather patterns.

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