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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bspring, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. Bspring

    Bspring Feeling the Heat

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    This large Water Oak died a few years ago and needed to come down. It will heat the house someday. The bonfire was mostly pine and other junk wood. Not that there is anything wrong with pine but I can't give it away and I have more than I could ever use. I have never seen growth rings so large on an oak so I took a picture of them and my ring was the only thing that was handy to use as a size reference.

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  2. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    Gotta love that wheelie.......
  3. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    good lordy, why did you crawl up on that deere with a half a load like that?

    has your wife recovered yet?
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  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Very nice !
    Good job felling too :)
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  5. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Yeah. Could have got a lot more on there!! LOL. ;)
  6. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Is there supposed to be a link to a video?
  7. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    :cool:
  8. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    Bspring, thanks for the great video. It was good watching.
    Nice place and tractor.
  9. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Visible to me? Its in the OP. Big box w/ a play button?
  10. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Nope, just the post with writing is all I see.
  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Wow, that is strange Nate. Must be your browser.
  12. WellSeasoned

    WellSeasoned Guest

    Awesome video. Keeping the wife right on the edge.
  13. andybaker

    andybaker Feeling the Heat

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    Nice video. I have an Oak in waiting myself. About half again as big. I have never seen such large growth rings on an Oak. What exactly is a Water Oak?
  14. Bspring

    Bspring Feeling the Heat

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    Below is a C&P from Wikipedia on Water Oak. As for the wheelie, I needed more weight in the bucket. Sometimes it is hard to tell until you try something like that. There was very little danger involved b/c the box blade acts as a wheelie bar. I would have preferred that she left that out but it was her video.



    Quercus nigra, the Water Oak, is an oak in the red oak group (Quercus sect. Lobatae), native to the southeastern United States, from southern Delaware and south to the coastal areas of Maryland, Virginia, the piedmont of North Carolina, all of South Carolina, most of Georgia (with the exception of the Appalachian Mountains), all of Alabama, Mississippi, central Florida, and westward to Louisiana and eastern Texas. From there, northward to southeastern Missouri including Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, parts of Tennessee, and extreme southwestern Kentucky. It occurs in lowlands and up to 450 m (1500 ft) altitude.
    It is a medium-sized deciduous tree, growing to 30 m (100 ft) tall with a trunk up to 1 m (3 ft) in diameter. Young trees have a smooth, brown bark that becomes gray-black with rough scaly ridges as the tree matures. The leaves are alternate, simple and tardily deciduous, only falling well into winter; they are 3–12 cm (1–5 in) long and 2–6 cm (1/2–2 in) broad, variable in shape, most commonly shaped like a spatula being broad and rounded at the top and narrow and wedged at the base. The margins vary usually being smooth to shallowly lobed, with a bristle at the apex and lobe tips. The tree is easy to identify by the leaves, which have a lobe that looks as if a drop of water is hanging from the end of the leaf. The top of each leaf is a dull green to bluish green and the bottom is a paler bluish-green. On the bottom portion of the leaves, rusty colored hairs run along the veins. The acorns are arranged singly or in pairs, 10–14 mm (1/3-1/2 in) long and broad, with a shallow cupule; they mature about 18 months after pollination in fall of second year.
    Ecology

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    Water Oak leaf cluster
    Water Oak is adapted to wet, swampy areas, such as along ponds and stream banks, but can also tolerate other well-drained sites and even heavy, compacted soils. It grows in sandy soils, red clays, and old fields to the borders of swamps, streams, to bottomlands. Due to its ability to grow and reproduce quickly, the water oak is often the most abundant species in a stand of trees. The tree is relatively short-lived compared to other oaks and may live only 60 to 80 years. It does not compete well and does not tolerate even light shade. Water oak is frequently used to restore bottomland hardwood forests on land that was previously cleared for agriculture or pine plantations.
    Hybrids of Water Oak are known with Southern Red Oak (Q. falcata), Bluejack Oak (Quercus incana), American Turkey Oak (Quercus laevis), Blackjack Oak (Quercus marilandica), Willow Oak (Quercus phellos), Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii), and Black Oak (Quercus velutina)
    Water Oak acorns are an important food for White-tailed Deer, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Raccoon, Wild Turkey, Mallard, Wood Duck, and Bobwhite Quail. In winter, deer will browse the buds and young twigs.
    Uses and history

    Water Oak has been used for timber and for fuel by people in the southern states since the 17th century. The wood is generally sold as "red oak", mixed with the wood from other red oaks.
    Other names include spotted oak, duck oak, punk oak, orange oak or possum oak.
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