The cutting of #391

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Blog entry by Karson posted 09-11-2008 10:39 PM 2559 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You might be asking what is #391.

It was referred to in You know you are a LumberJock by Yorkshire Stewart and it was item #391

The blog is here

It was a Cherry Burl Log that was dropped off at my house.

Today I went to a sawmill to get it cut up.

All loaded in the back of the van.

Sitting on the mill.

The first piece cut off.

A couple of cuts later.

And a little later.

At home.

and another.

Close Up of a piece.

Stacked on the sawhorse. The pile is about 4’ X 4’ and it’s two layers high, but a lot of spaces between the boards, so maybe 20-25 Bd Ft of slices.

While I was there I picked up a couple more boards of Red Cedar that I got the other day. These were 2” thick and 18” wide but some punk and wain and splits. If they were perfect they would be 24 Bd Ft per board. I was charged for 15 Bd Ft per board.

It cost $10.00 to cut up the burl – or it would have cost $10.00 if the burl hadn’t jumped off it’s holder and bent the blade. Another $20.00 for the blade.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 09-11-2008 10:47 PM

Mighty nice looking stuff!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 09-11-2008 10:53 PM

That’s some great looking stuff!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#3 posted 09-11-2008 11:02 PM

Looks like nice stuff…lucky dog!

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#4 posted 09-11-2008 11:06 PM

I had forgotten about the “drive by” drop-off :)


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 09-11-2008 11:10 PM

Wow! That first piece in particular really pops!

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#6 posted 09-11-2008 11:10 PM

A ‘Drive by Wooding’? Must be the better part of town.

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#7 posted 09-11-2008 11:23 PM

Karson, those are some mighty fine pieces of wood, you’ve got there.

I’m lucky enough to know someone with a small mill, and as fate would have it, I’ll be visiting next week, to see what I can take off his hands for cheap.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#8 posted 09-11-2008 11:42 PM

Sheer delight Karson. Thanks for taking the time to photograph it. You know you’re a Lumberjock when you keep going back to look at photographs of sliced up wood…. and enjoy looking at it all the more each time.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#9 posted 09-12-2008 12:51 AM

thats some very nice looking stuff! you must have some very nice neighbors.

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#10 posted 09-12-2008 12:56 AM

Very envious Karson. What do you intend to do with all that wood?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 09-12-2008 01:10 AM

Nice looking wood there Karson….......... gee how some people are so lucky. Why can’t I find anything like that? Guess I must not be looking in the right places…............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 09-12-2008 01:11 AM

Nice wood like that kinda puts a fellow under the gun so to speak.
Nice score K.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 09-12-2008 01:24 AM


Those are some nice looking pieces of wood. With the grain pattern that I can see I am sure the cherry is going to produce a gorgeous project. I am sure that you have something special in mind for wood like this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 09-12-2008 03:15 AM

Well to tell the truth. I usually never have any project in mind when I get my wood. I am a Wood-Miser, I collect wood.

The projects usually show up after the fact.

The only wood that I bought for project under consideration was the Aromatic red Cedar that I bought today and last week. I bought that saying I wanted to put some cedar in some blanket chests. I imagine that I have a bunch to make. One wife, three daughters, and one daughter-in-law. two sons not provided for, 5 grandaughters. I might make the two sons make them themselves as a training exercise.

The only thing that comes close to being in sync with wood purchase and a project is a stash of Ambrosia maple. After I bought it (got it free) I said I’m going to make my kitchen cabinets. It was 18 month’s before the kitchen was started. (Wood had to dry, and age you know.

I also made the T & G maple flooring at the same time.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 09-12-2008 03:19 AM

Beautiful wood you have there Karson!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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