found wood #5: more Ficus microcarpa

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 06-12-2009 03:47 AM 4847 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Remember that haul last week of fig logs? I used the new dolly to move them around back:

fig tree logs

Here’s the load by the light of day:

fig tree logs by daylight

Exactly one week later, running home on my lunch break, I found ANOTHER PILE of them in the same spot, from the same tree likely. Of course, I had to back up, pull over, and load those in, too :)

more fig logs in my truck

more fig logs in my truck

Pretty big!

fig tree with my hand for scale

This rooty section had wood chunks that didn’t match. I think they’re Douglas fir, from a fence or garden something-or-other, which the fig tree wrapped around and tore up.

root covered fig tree log

I remembered to get some leaf shots this time. The stubby tips match with F. microcarpa. F. benjamina – the common houseplant fig everyone in the US seems to have somewhere – has a longer, pointier tip. Most of the other figs I’ve looked up have vastly different leaves than either of these. For example, these from the common fig. Note the edible figs. Ficus microcarpa gets little berry-like fruits which are either not edible, no good to eat, or just not worth it. “Microcarpa” means “small fruit.”

stubby tipped F. microcarpa leaves

Everyone ready for another Benny Hill time-lapse log-moving video? Great! Here I’m dragging load #2 back to the patio, which I just swept off and cleared a bit for the fig logs, and adding load #1 from last week to it. Glad to have them up on the cement, where I don’t need to worry too much about killing grass, or bugs pouring into the logs from the soil. All of this log hauling work is starting to build up the muscles.

And there’s the pile, with me for some scale (6’ tall).

me with fig log pile

Of course, they’re still monumentally dwarfed by those Eucalyptus logs. I need to get those up on the patio soon, too.

euc logs dwarf the fig tree logs

I feel a bit like I should be living, say, in Montana, and not the ‘burbs of Los Angeles.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 06-12-2009 03:57 AM

You must have smooth ground for those small wheels :-)) You have me all enthoused now. I’m working on some maple, cherry and maybe some plum. Geez, that soulnds liuke a lot of work ;-(( Looks like yio uhave a pretty good system worked out.

-- 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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Gary Fixler

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#2 posted 06-12-2009 06:38 AM

The ground here is extremely hard, packed, sticky, horrible adobe clay. It’s an absolute nightmare to dig. I had a hard time driving a round shovel into it, even standing on it, and at that time, I was about 270lbs!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 06-12-2009 07:03 AM

Good thing it is smooth, youi’d never get it leveled if it weren’t!! I thought you looked pretty husky in the shows you produce. You’re on my side if a fight breaks out :-))

-- 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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#4 posted 06-12-2009 01:41 PM

You ARE the Urban Logger! I really enjoy your Benny Hill videos. Nice score on the fig. So when do we get to peek at the re-saw video!


-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#5 posted 06-12-2009 03:48 PM

great finds! and in ‘burbs of LA of all places … lol – touche!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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