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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by ndcaster, Jan 15, 2021.

  1. ndcaster

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    we got hit two weeks ago, and trees near my house split and came down

    river birch, only 10" diameter

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    and is this hickory? I'm embarrassed not to know. 14-16" diameter

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    it's still there

    worth asking to pick up some?
     
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    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    I’m not a tree pro, but that second pic looks like elm to me.
     
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    I don't know about the top one, and I'm not sure elm gets quite that dark, but walnut sure does and maybe hickory.

    You might just ask @otterhound - I think this is sort of related to what he does for a living. If you do pick up some, be sure to seal the ends and figure out how to dry it the best way. Otherwise, it's fire wood...
     
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    Only caveat, if it takes a Cat loader to pick it up, it's elm :rolleyes:
     
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    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    That’s a!point; the dark center in some of those cut branches looks kind of walnutty, maybe...
     
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    hard to tell if its fresh. better take it home and dry it. if it can't be used for guitars, it can be used for something else.

    The Lord hast blessed thee with the free wood. look not down thy nose at the blessing of wood.

    so sayeth the Lord. Amen. :)
     
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    Get a bunch of each, use a chainsaw to cut the pith out going down on either side about 1/2" away from the pith, keeping the chainsaw on an angle to the end grain. Then paint the ends with latex paint or AnchorSeal or paraffin. The pith section is quarter sawn on either side of the pith and will be durable for turnings or necks if long enough. Stack flat, and place stickers in between each piece to allow air flow to help dry the pieces. Allow 1 year for each inch of thickness, or place in a dry place off the ground (garage floor). Look up How to Harvest Urban Lumber for Woodworking on YouTube - plenty of good videos to learn from.
     
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    OBTW = remove as much bark as possible, to prevent bugs from entering your garage or wherever you are storing this while it dries. I've had half logs dry pretty quickly without checking, stored off the garage floor, stickered, 6" thick in about 2 years. Dry enough to use for woodturning into bowls. As long as the pith is not in the wood, you might be able to prevent checking.
     
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