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Surprise on the way to the barn this morning

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Foragefarmer, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Foragefarmer

    Foragefarmer Member

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    Was surprised to see this standing dead white oak snapped off this morning. I had planned on cutting it down last winter but hadn't gotten to it partly because I knew it was hollow and wanted to fall towards the fence.

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    Well the weather we had a couple days ago took care of that. And my list of chores changed a little.

    Got the stump cut up and moved.

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    I think it was kind of hollow!
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    Had the blue tractor in the barn.

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  2. Foragefarmer

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    I moved the stump section up to the barn.

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    Then I got the tractor around and pulled the top out from where it was snagged.

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    I drove down a power line right of way in order to get the tree and look what I found there.

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  3. Foragefarmer

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    Got the rest of the tree cut up and split. It is really humid today and rained for 10 minutes which ruined all hope to mow my lawn today.

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  4. paul bunion

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    Probably a good thing that gravity and Mother Nature took that tree down for you. I wouldn't want to mess with something that hollow.
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  5. Foragefarmer

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    My thoughts exactly when I got into it. The tree is 100 yards from the barn I store my wood in,so normally I would have been all over the tree, but I had been hesitant to cut it down over the winter.
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    Looks like the top has some good wood.
    White oak is "Primo" fire wood. Lots of BTUs for you.

    Is that a hickory on the right-of way?
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  7. Foragefarmer

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    No, it is an oak in the red oak family. My guess is either a scarlet oak or black oak. And I am really lucky in that I burn oak almost exclusively. I give other species to the renters in the old farm managers cottage.
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    A tractor like that would help with my wood processing
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    Good you got that taken care of. Probably got the fence fixed too?
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  10. Foragefarmer

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    Just one fiberglass post messed up. I came in and posted this and had lunch and then the sky opened up and we got 1.75" of rain in about 30-45 mins.. So no, but the cows are on the other side of the farm right now. Maybe in the morning before I head to work.
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    Nice job getting that beast on the ground.​
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    That hollow center made for some easy splitten I would guess
    alot of good wood there
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  13. ScotO

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    Nice haul, FF! Thankfully Mother Nature got that puppy on the ground for you...
    I hate dropping hollow trees. Lots of things can go south in a hurry working trees like that......spooky stuff!
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