This week in urban logging #12: It's been awhile since my last report (but I came back with pictures)

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Blog entry by Daren Nelson posted 05-17-2009 10:33 PM 7720 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Fruits of my labor Part 12 of This week in urban logging series Part 13: Still milling, just not blogging much... »

I like crotches. I like milling them, I like making things with them. Some one dropped off this “crotchy” elm the other day. The butt log is kinda a big devil.

So I cut one off to mill. I was a little bummed because I see 2 hearts, which usually means less figure/ more bark inclusion…

I had to trim it abit to get it to fit the mill for width (more on that later)

First slab looks decent.

28” wide…not bad for a bandmill that is advertised to make a 24” cut (I made some mods, wider the better in my book)

Then comes the inclusion I knew would be there, not too bad it’s still sound anyway.

They look good in a bookmatch.

Now some may be thinking “Hey Daren, why don’t you lay them end to end to see what they look like ?”...Ok I did that.

The last slice worth saving…that little crotch should make several really cool projects…and there is a heck of alot of just that one log left.

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#1 posted 05-17-2009 10:51 PM

These are gorgeous slabs, Daren. I can see a number of nice projects in there.

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#2 posted 05-17-2009 11:14 PM

Wow that was quick this time. great looking wood.

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#3 posted 05-18-2009 12:36 AM

hi DAREN That looks good I cant wait untill i finish my mill I just got an elm and a mesquite the other day from two diferent nighbors How is elm on drying brian

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 01:22 AM

Very impressive! Those would make some interesting table tops.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 05-18-2009 01:57 AM

I was going to ask if you were planning to continue the series further, but I know it takes a lot of work to gather pictures and post it without getting much in return. I do appreciate the posts a great deal though. Very cool.

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 02:09 AM

Brian, I have no trouble drying elm. Or with bugs like Rob mentioned. One of the easiest woods to dry IMO…I just happen to have a picture of a book case my dad made out of simply air dried elm. I milled it, stickered it for a year and he dragged it home and made this.

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 05:42 AM

Your posts are causing envy! Those are some lovely pieces.

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 05:51 PM

I also love cutting crotch wood even if you end up with smaller pieces it can be resawn and bookmatched and used in al kinds of projects. I also have never had any trouble drying any lumber if it is cut straight and stacked straight and air dried and/or kiln dried. That is not to say you don’t get some defective boards but they had those defects before they were even cut up into lumber. The stresses in the tree are already in the log and are held together by the entire tree once you release the boards you release the stress.
The first elm I cut on my mill I was instantly transported back to my hometown and the tree house I had in my parents back yard. It was like I was a kid at home again. Strange how things can trigger those memories. I made a table from some of that elm and gave to a friend. It is probably the favorite piece of furniture I have ever made. I kick myself for letting it go.

Great job on thwe sawing and I love the display cabinet I have something in mind for that in walnut to hold all my carvings.

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#9 posted 05-19-2009 02:10 PM

you know what they say “the best wood is in the crotch” LOL

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