A Strategy for Woodworking #51: Taking Down a Tree

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 05-14-2015 02:32 AM 1594 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 50: Do Good Work Part 51 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 52: Taking Down a Tree, Part Two »

I hate cutting down trees. As much as I love the wood that comes from them, there is still something about cutting down a tree that seems to me an affront. A crime against the sky. Certainly it is a loss of some valuable shade in the heat of the sun. And it changes a landscape, a street view.

But it was half dead and once cut, discovered to be rotten inside. It had to come down now in a noisy if controlled fashion rather than taking out someone’s car some chance day. It was a good sized tree and it had a good run of time. Pretty looking wood. But all wood, wet and fresh from a saw cut, looks like Christmas. I do still hope for a good slab or two.

The thing about cutting a tree down is the finality of it. It’s up and standing and a pain in your side and maybe a hazard and in a few hours, it’s gone. Like it never existed. I don’t like cutting down trees because it makes me feel just as temporary. Maybe even more so as I was younger than that tree. Still I’ll try to make something out it instead of just burning all of it. Now that is a crime.

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 02:43 AM


From one tree hugger to another. I’m setting myself up with tools to go to our compost site and do as much honor as I can to the gifts of Mother Nature.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 09:29 AM

Well said, I agree and I feel the same about the wood. I always try to make the best and most efficient use of the board and hate burning anything but the smallest cut-offs.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 05:32 PM

There was a road widening project on I-75 about six months ago. In preparation for that the contractors cut down a very large number of pine and fir trees, most of them at least 12” dia and maybe 30ft to the first branch. All of them shredded and hauled off. It made me cry.

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 07:54 PM

America is a wasteful nation when it comes to plowing down forests and forests of trees to make a new building for something, when across the street is a 8 month old building that the business never made it and is empty. Makes me sick

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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