found wood #2: large Eucalyptus log pics - I wasn't kidding when I said big!

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 06-06-2009 03:33 AM 4069 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: HUGE Eucalyptus score Part 2 of found wood series Part 3: When it rains... found some more logs ON MY BLOCK! »

Here are some pics of the haul!

huge Eucalyptus logs in my Toyota Tacoma

huge Eucalyptus logs in my Toyota Tacoma

huge Eucalyptus logs in my Toyota Tacoma

This one shows a ton of Eucalyptus Longhorn Borer activity, just like the much tinier tree I found awhile ago:

Eucalyptus Longhorned Borer tracks all over log

with raked lighting here:
raked lighting over face of Eucalyptus log

This log has something like quilting on two faces:

Eucalyptus log with quilted look to its cut faces

Unfortunate checking going on here. I’ll have to see how deep it goes, and if it’s all the way through, I’ll have to learn a little something about filling and stabilizing. It would be a shame to have to turn all of these into several hundred stabilized pen blanks :)

checked Eucalyptus log end

Here’s one from a branched section of the tree:

forked Eucalyptus log

And here are my feet for some scale. Them’s some big logs. My biceps are just now returning to normal :)

Huge Eucalyptus logs in my truck bed

I will be moving these around the back of the house soon, and by soon, I mean when I’m finished healing up from loading them into the truck in the first place.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 06-06-2009 03:37 AM

GOODNESS SAKES what are you going to make with those a new HOUSE!!

-- If you don't try you will never know if you can!

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#2 posted 06-06-2009 03:37 AM

Some of those must weigh close to 100#s! :-(( I hope you know you can put that tail gate down!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 06-06-2009 03:39 AM

At least gravity will help getting them out of the truck.

-- 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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#4 posted 06-06-2009 03:52 AM

put your blood sweat and tears into it! :)

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#5 posted 06-06-2009 04:19 AM

The pattern in your log is known as beeswing, and is pretty common in Eucalyptus. Those pieces should be put away until your skill and artistic talent are ready. I wouldn’t cut the checking out, since it will only encourage the fresh surface to check…

-- Steven

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#6 posted 06-06-2009 11:42 AM

Quite a find, very unusual looking wood, looks like a great haul.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Gary Fixler

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#7 posted 06-08-2009 07:56 AM

wildfire – 2 houses!

Topamax – yeah, at least that much. I log is a lot harder to lift than a person, but I’ve carried around my 2 buddies at the same time, and they were about 160-180lbs each. Some of these logs seemed almost as heavy!

Karson – it did indeed! Way easier out than in.

CSlabon – I haven’t sweat as much as I did tonight dollying these things around the back of the house in ages.

rob – Many different ways. I’m going to try to cut one thinner manually, with a big, fast-cut rip saw. That will get it narrow enough to used a chainsaw the opposite direction to halve it. Then I can consider a heavy-duty jig on the band saw. I might use the router technique on a sled to flatten one face of some of the boards, then flip them to run them through the planer, if they’re under 13” to parallel the faces. It’ll be awhile before I get to it. I think especially for the one with the really cool patterning running through it, I’ll take a bunch of pics and draw some lines in all the directions I can imagine resawing it, and then ask on here for thoughts about the best way to slab, and where the best bowl blanks will be hiding, then use the replies as a guide.

Steven – thanks for the info! You’re right in that I don’t feel quite worthy yet, especially of the beeswing piece. I’ve got the meticulousness, and I’ve made some very detailed things in my life in other areas, like extremely tiny custom circuit boards and soldering work, and even a ~4mm long origami crane that could flap its wings when you pulled the tail. These days I lack the free time, and a lot of the patience and perseverance that I once had. I’m working most on trying to reclaim those things, as they’re as important as the rest when it comes to finer woodworking. Truth is, I consider myself an inventor and designer more than a woodworker, but the woodworking bug is infecting me more and more.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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