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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 11-02-2015 10:13 PM 1734 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Eight O’Clock this morning I’m awakened by a phone call. (I had gone to bed a little after five). We were expecting a crew to show up about nine to remove the old asbestos ductwork from the attic. Dad was up, and in the kitchen, where the noisy part of the doorbell lives. He didn’t hear it. Hence, the phone call that awakened me. “Would you please answer the door? Our guys are outside,” queries the caller. “Okay,” says me. I get up, let the guys in, get dressed, pour a cup of coffee, take the dog with me out back, and start hearing a chainsaw. It’s nearby. I wonder, how nearby? I walk out the gate and start looking around. I see a guy, over the roofs across the street, in a man bucket, just around the corner. Ding ding. (That’s Pavlov’s bell. I’m Pavlov’s dog.) I and my gloves and my chainsaw get in my buggy and go around the corner.
They’re cutting down an entire tree. Not just trimming it. All the way to the ground, they’re going. I drive through the barricades (yeah, I do that), and park at a respectful distance. The crew chief walks towards me and engages. This is a county crew. They aren’t like the private crews who usually walk up and say, “Can I help you load some of this?” “We’re the cutting crew. The clean up guys will be here today or tomorrow.” “What is it you’re cutting down? It looks like a Sycamore.? “No,” says the chief, “it’s a silver Maple” At this point I think my evil twin uttered a naughty word under my breath. “I didn’t know we had Maples around here. I’ve always taken all those Maple-like trees as Sycamores.” “Family resemblance, I guess,” says the chief. “I want as much of that as I can get,” says I. “Come back after we leave, and take as much as you want.” “Okay, I will.”

Well sir, they left some really hefty logs. Some too big for my chainsaw. Most, too big for me to handle. I’m over there a hour or so later, getting what I can, without the use of my saw (it wouldn’t start), when the clean-up crew arrives. Now, I got some help.
Some kind of disease had rotted out much of the heartwood. But, not all of it. Even the rotted logs have plenty of sapwood. Did I mention that there were two trees? One was really big. Thirty, thirty-five feet. There were a couple of six to eight-foot pieces of the trunk that had about a three-foot diameter. Oh, the lust in my heart. The clean-up crew, naturally, had a skip loader. And he was helpful, to a point. But, those trunk logs must weigh at least a ton apiece. There’s simply no place for me to put them. My buggy’s suspension, it was a-creaking. I had to unload that stuff into my driveway. Alone.

And now, the photos.

I’m told that there are several trees in the area that are slated for removal in the near future, due to the same disease. There is, for instance, a smallish Eucalyptus across the street from where this Maple once stood. I gotta find some better way to handle these situations. Not to mention, some better way to store the timber I bag. I’m gonna have dreams about those big logs I couldn’t bring home. I know where they are. There in a County yard now. And, they’re off-limits.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 11-02-2015 11:42 PM

great score mark, boy, you sound like a kid that’s just found a new candy store, go have some fun Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 11:44 PM

Nice score …

Oh yeah, and


-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 11-03-2015 12:06 AM

Pete: A kid with a really bad back ache.
Joe. Calm down, Buddy. Come on over. I’ll share. And bring your chainsaw. Mine won’t start.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 11-03-2015 12:25 AM

Wow, that is some load of wood. It would start checking right away up here. How are you going to dry it?

My back is sore just looking at it!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 11-03-2015 02:12 AM

Nothing like getting a load of logs. The fun begins as to how many different things I can make out of it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 11-03-2015 02:55 AM

Solid score, Mark. Wind blew over a smaller tree on my street on friday, but the homeowners wouldn’t let me take any of it. My jealousy is bubbling deep down…

Can’t wait to see what becomes of it!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 11-03-2015 05:02 AM

You’re gonna need a pickup truck and a bigger chainsaw, if this continues.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 11-03-2015 06:16 AM

That is a serious load of lumber. Are you going to seal the ends and mill later, or do some green turnings?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 11-03-2015 06:37 AM

John, everything’s sore. Everything. Dry it? If I can get my stinkin’ saw running, I’ll start turning it, wet. I waxed all the “very important wood” I got in the last couple bags, and the wax just disintegrated. If it wants to check and crack, I’ll let it. I’ve grown accustomed to whacked-out wood. Mebees, I can get Rockler to try to sell some of it for me.
Tooch, that’s a shame. There’s a dead Black Walnut, lying on the ground (soggy ground) in a Nature Preserve across town. County property. I went all the way up the CoC in the bureaucracy, and they won’t let me touch it.
And, you didn’t see the logs I had to pass up. I had the good grace not to take pictures. Why spread agony?
Lew, my “Chevy-Tough” Silverado strained to get these two loads home. And it was just around the corner.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 11-03-2015 07:02 AM

Great score Mark.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 11-03-2015 09:39 AM

Yep another JoeinGa comment

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 11-03-2015 09:46 AM

I think I’ll stick with segmented bowls. The pieces are smaller.

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 11-03-2015 09:51 AM

“Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.” (Abraham Lincoln)

-- Mark

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#14 posted 11-03-2015 04:25 PM

What JoeinGa said…..

-- Ed

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#15 posted 11-03-2015 04:57 PM

That was a nice score. Congratulations, Mark; there’s nothing like free wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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