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Blog entry by grizzman posted 04-08-2011 10:47 PM 1998 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

what started out as a passing storm turned into the revenge of the tree onto my house, it was about 9:30 pm and i was going to bed…i started to read and then i heard and felt what i thought was a train hitting the house…my house sits on an elevated foundation and it built fairly strong, the floor are 2×10’s they are nailed and also strapped to 6×6 beams…so the floor and the wall stood the impact. It was pouring down rain with thunder and lightning all around us , so it was hard to see what had happened, but after looking out the kitchen window, i discovered!

the cause of the house shaking…we had a nice size oak tree on the back wall and it smashed the whole area around it,

The tree was a fairly tall tree and it reached out all the way over the roof, the house is 30 feet wide and its about 13 feet from the ground to the edge of the roof, so i imagine the tree was a good 60 feet or so, well come morning our insurance agent was called and within 45 minutes of that call , we had a adjuster here to survey the damage and told us to proceed with getting the tree off of the house, which we did promptly,

After some time of cutting and removing limb by limb, they removed the tree from over the roof and were down to the main trunk.

The owner of the company then came over with his fairly large chain saw and made the last cut at the bottom the the tree, and his worker inside the bucket lift pushed it from the top and it hit the ground, the grabbed it with there machinery and loaded it all into there really large truck that was about 20 feet long, and they did a fantastic job of cleaning it all up, the good part of this was that there was a dead standing pecan tree back there also and i had them fell it and loaded it onto my trailer.

So i took the pecan to my sawyer who lives about 7 miles away and he has it now cutting it into some beautiful boards for me, and told me it might be a week or so before he gets to it, but when i get it back i shall post what the wood looks like, now since i was there i had asked him if he had any walnut….well he did and he sold me 80 bf of some really beautiful walnut for a very good price, and he also gave me some extra slabs of some walnut and a few other pieces of wood that i will turn into something down the road, and here is a few pictures of what the walnut looked like…so after it was all said and done, there ended up being a silver lining in all of this, and as my friend and fellow lumber jock ellen35 told me, it was turning lemons into lemonade….thanks for reading along and i know somewhere down the road you will see some projects posted made from pecan and walnut and this one


-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 11:16 PM

Seems to be a lot of trouble to go through, just to get a few boards….............(-:

I bet you planned this, put a partial cut in the tree, knew you needed new shingles on that side, and you didn’t have to make excuses about getting the pecan cut down. Amazing bit of planning…........devious too….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 11:30 PM

Your misfortune turned into a wood gloat Grizz. What could be better than that? Did you get to keep the oak tree, or does it belong to someone else? I hope you enjoy your new wood. I’m looking forward to see what you do with it. I’m glad your house didn’t sustain too much damage.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 11:34 PM

well this bespeaks the sneaky ways of you Alaskans and to what degree you might go to , just to get a ’’FEW BOARDS”....haha…now see if you had that band saw, then we could go into cahoots and split the bounty on this…lol… that would reveal the IQ of one ex Alaskan and one currant Alaskan…maybe the two put together would reveal more then what we need to know…you better stick to delivering babies and ill stick to whatever it is i do….what do i do anyway……....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 11:46 PM

well mike the oak tree went to the yard of the man who cut it all down, i could have kept it, but it was a water oak and i already have some of that, so it will go to firewood…and i did own the tree, we have a 2 acre spot here and a few more tree’s around the place, but i think were ok for now as to not have any more fall onto the house…i do have 4 very large live pecan tree’s left on our land, and i hope they stay that way…as some could cause some damage i dont want to think about…ill keep my fingers crossed..but if they do happen to get taken down by some passing storm…there might be one less house on my property..:)))

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 04-08-2011 11:53 PM

Dude….sorry….and congratulations! I’m not sure where you are but WV got hit a day or so ago & I lost a ton of trees. I’ve been to busy to go out there & survey, as none of them got my “immediate” attention, like yours did. I’m glad you’ll rally!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 11:57 PM

glad the house and family are ok grizz

nice haul on the walnut

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 04-08-2011 11:59 PM

Too bad about the tree and the house, but great on the gaining of wood to work with. Best to you.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 12:23 AM

Things are never dulll, down in ‘Bama, are they ?

I’m so glad you and yours were okay … that the damage was comparatively minor … that you were well taken care of by the parties involved, ... and that—as always—when life gives you “Trees As Projectiles” ... YOU come out with flat-sawn lumber :-)

I think of the poor souls on whose homes a tree lands … but who are NOT woodworkers. There’s just NO upside for them :-)

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 12:50 AM

I’m glad your all ok . There’s lots of hot air around my area too LOL.

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 01:39 AM

Glad to hear that no one was hurt by it, Grizz!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 04-09-2011 02:03 AM

Glad it was not worst, Grizz.

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#12 posted 04-09-2011 02:25 AM

Hi Grizz, That’s one big tree and one strong house, glad it worked out OK, nice looking boards, be looking for your next project, take care

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#13 posted 04-09-2011 03:55 AM

Glad to hear everyone is ok. Nature is funny, glad you are still smiling and looking for more ways to make stuff.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 04-09-2011 03:59 AM

Way to make a bad situation, good. Some great looking walnut.

-- 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 04-09-2011 11:13 AM

I hate it when that happens ;-(( I have always been fortunate with large branches stirring up the Lil’ Woman ;-) One night she woke me about 3 or 4 in the morning and asked if I was going to get up and see what had happened. We just had small trees at the time. I told her it wasn’t raining in the bedroom and there weren’t any signs of tree sticking in so I may as well wait for daylight ;-) It was just a large lib that had blown against the house.

Glad the damage was minimal and the harvest good ;-)

-- 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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