Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Large Pine tree

We dismantled a large Corsican pine today, (Pinus nigra) one of the biggest trees I've done for a while, in terms of volume of timber. It was a fairly straight forward job, although we lowered 90% of the branches off to avoid any unnecessary damage to the lawn as well as the fact that there was a septic tank not far away we wanted to avoid.

9 o'clock

11 o'clock
Once the branches were stripped off it was a simple but exhausting matter of chogging the wood down in sections onto a mat of brash we had piled up under the tree. This not only protects the lawn but also stops the logs rolling away and doing any damage. Which is pretty important when some of the lumps of wood weighed in excess of 100kg 
1 o'clock
The stem was taken down in 2 - 3ft sections till it was at a height where we could fell it in a manageable lump.

3 o'clock (had to stop for lunch and empty the truck)
Then we had to break out the big saw to ring the stem and make it possible to actually move it. This will end up as firewood at some point, but it will need seasoning for a good while. We were quite glad the customer wanted to keep the wood as it would have been quite a few loads on the old transit!
4 o'clock

good sized pile of wood

approximately 115 growth increments
 The photos don't show the extent of the lean that the tree had, or how close it was to the main road, I think if it was my tree I would have been inclined to take it down as well. It is always a shame when big trees have to be removed, but somethings aren't worth the risk. And as a small compensation the beech behind it will hopefully make a much nicer tree now it has less competition and some space to re balance itself.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

More milling

Managed to finish off the oak butt this morning  

Tools of the trade
Not the easiest of jobs then again working with big timber never is. I had to get my dad to help me stack the last 4 or so boards and we still struggled to lift them.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Oak Slabs

not much to look at

Finished work at lunch time today , so thought I'd spend the afternoon milling a big lump of oak that's been sat around up the field for years, didn't look like much with the bark half missing and the sap wood as good as gone, but I knew the heart wood would be good.

definitely looks better on the inside

And it was

Pretty hard going, as I'm pretty sure its been down about 10 years now, so isn't what you'd call green. It was also on the limit of what I can mill with my current set up. and I had to slice the sides off to get it to that. unfortunately only managed 4 boards before rain stopped play, Will have to finish it off tomorrow. Looking forward to when its seasoned and I can make something out of some 28" x 4" slabs!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Winter time

Partly from being so busy and partly from lack of inspiration I've just not felt that creative lately but with the clocks changing and it being dark when I get home from work I've found myself drawn back to the workshop this week.

Anyone who follows my brothers blog - Sawdust in my socks  will know that he has a habit of buying tools, lots of tools! and as a result he's brought himself a selection of sledge hammers, all different weights and sizes, and all in need of a new handle, no prizes for guessing who'll be doing that then!

Well here's the first one, nice clean butt ash, cleft down and left to season before being carved.

 I prefer working my tool handles like this as the wood has already done its warping and twisting and I can re heave it as soon as I've finished it, as I always hate having to let it dry sufficiently.

Also got around to having a play with some walnut from a tree I cut down a couple of months back

Thinking one half of a salad server set, I love the contrast between the heart wood and sap wood. Not sure if I am 100% happy with the tooled finish, I'm hoping it'll grow on me.