Turning Giant Pecan Bowl #1: Where it came from

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Blog entry by BRTree posted 04-28-2018 08:55 PM 1006 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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We cut a large pecan tree down for a customer back in November so that he can expand his business. We brushed out the limbs, but he kept the wood because he has lots of buddies that have fireplaces and smoke meat. I took some of the wood I wanted to make bowls out of. The first picture is of my guys standing on the trunk. they wanted it left tall so the excavator could work the root ball out using the leverage

My middle daughter standing beside it for size reference.

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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#1 posted 09-01-2018 10:24 PM

Hi Dave, I don’t know where you live but that hardly qualifies as a pecan “Tree.” Here in Texas where it’s the state tree, we’d call that a “sapling.” In fact, I retrieved a limb from a Texas pecan tree about that same size just this week. It’s a hair over twenty-seven inches across where it broke off of the 19’ 2” circumference tree. That calculates to a bit over 6’ 2” diameter. I couldn’t get the tree, saw wasn’t near big enough and I didn’t have a crane or a flatbed truck. So I had to make do with the limb that had fallen a year or two ago. It was pretty dry; in fact, some of the bark has fallen away from the wood. It’s over 2” thick in some places and might be turnable after resin stabilization. All kidding aside, the tree you downed was NOT a sapling. Also, mighty fine job on your Big Pecan Bowl. I’d love to see it after the final turning. Just felt a need to pull your leg a little. My tree story is true, however. It is the biggest pecan tree I’ve ever seen in my life and I’ve seen hundreds. To show I’m not pulling your leg I’ll try to attach some photos of the tree, and the limb.
Blessings to you and yours,

The tree is pretty much a “limbless trunk” now, storms having taken all the branches: See The Tree

Here’s a photo that shows a guy about 5’10” tall so you can appreciate the size of the tree: See The Tree in Perspective

This is the limb that I took. I hope to get many good turnings our of it. See The Limb

And this is the limb all cut up in a 6X9 trailer. You are luck to have a full-size offboard lathe. My Delta Midi limits me to less than 12.5”. See The Limb in Perspective

-- Don, Wimberley Texas, GnuBee Woodturner/Woodworker

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