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Big old fir tree died last year....still can't get myself to cut it down

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by privatejoker75, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. privatejoker75

    privatejoker75 Member

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    I have no clue how old she is, but my guess would be close to 100. I've been collecting all of the pine that died/fell last winter for the last few weeks but still can't get myself to fell this one. Feels like a death in the family or something :(

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    I guess this thread is just a eulogy for her :(

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  2. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Beautiful old tree. Looks really really tired. Nothing lives forever. :(
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  3. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Count the rings . . .

    Recently cut down a large white pine . . . it was younger than I originally had figured. I thought it might be close to 100 years old . . . as near as I could tell it was closer to 50-65 years (it was a bit hard to count some of the outer rings due to the hardened sap as I didn't count it right away.)
  4. privatejoker75

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    Yeah I know. This place has been in my wife's family for many years and that tree was always part of the awesome view here. Just kills me to see it go :(
  5. privatejoker75

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    I definitely plan on it once I pull the trigger. The trunk looks pretty old but i'm not an expert

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    Our house is surrounded by "old growth" fir too that looks like some were used and abused maybe to pull other logs or something, i could never figure it out. This piece of land has more than a few mysteries associated with it.
  6. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Mill it and make something nice with it!
  7. privatejoker75

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    One of the older ones near the house. Trunk looks well worn near the base....like something was wrapped around it for a long time. There's an old ditch running all the way to the road from it that i'm told was an old flume too. Wish i knew more about it

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    Working on trying to figure that out now. We have an old mill here I need to try to make work again AND we're planning on building a new house in the next year+. I'd love to be able to make some beams out of it....maybe even some nice columns or something. Lots of reading needs to be done before then though
  9. bogydave

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    Critters gotta love having that tree there.
    Unless you really need the wood, let MN have it a few more years ;)
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    There's a whole pile of deer bones and coyote crap under there. All sorts of yipping comes from that direction at night :)
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    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Yep
    It won't be just you who'll miss that big ole tree ;)
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    On the other hand, it doesn't look like there's any real serious lack of habitat around there. :rolleyes: Beautiful place. :cool: Rick

    ETA: bogydave's hovel up there in AK ain't too hard to look at either. ;lol
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  13. privatejoker75

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    I'll probably get mocked for this, but i consider myself just part of the crew here. I don't shoot anything just because it moves or scares my wife like so many people here do. If I was hungry maybe i'd shoot a deer, but as long as I can buy food in town I let them be.
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  14. privatejoker75

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    I love it here. I've lived all over the country, but this is the first place in my life I can honestly say I'll die here and be completely ok about it.
  15. Highbeam

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    All those branches, all those knots. That is a doug fir that will be a twisty old witch. Hard to split, hard to stack, you need it down though or it will fall on you or another healthy tree. It will be all kinds of fun to put that tree on the ground.
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    I'm with ya, not sure if I'm just flat out heartless or what, but that puppy would be c/s/s. I could see some lumber coming out of her if it was on the cheap to do it, otherwise, all I see is FARWOOD!
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  17. gmule

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    You're not alone. I like to walk with the critters
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    One of my favorite pics. We have an apple tree next to the house. All winter long we'd have a conga line of these guys coming for the fallen apples.

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    I still bought a turkey for thanksgiving last year.
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    We had these guys directing traffic

  20. Applesister

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    Maybe a fireplace mantle?
    Or a blanket chest, dovetailed.
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    Clearly with that level of sentiment something needs to be created from that tree - even if it is something small(in relation to the whole) I like the idea of a beam or mantle if nothing else.

    Very beautiful place you have there - welcome to the forum.
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    Hahaha, they're definitely not the brightest birds for the most part. People drive to this area to hunt them, so I figure i'll let these 14 or so enjoy some peace/quiet/apples
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    Great idea



    I do too. I'll need to learn how to mill I guess...maybe i'll leave the tree standing until our new house plans come together

    Thanks, we love it here.

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