Gotta LOVE free wood

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Project by EyeOfTheJen posted 01-01-2012 07:02 PM 2343 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had some huge almost dead trees taken down. When this one tree fell, it looked like it was bleeding. I had the guys cut me a manageable chuck and threw it on the lathe right then. I did the basic turn on two pieces (I will show the other piece soon), did the quick dry trick and four days later did the final turn. So excited because we have a HUGE pile of logs in the back yard now. That is THE log this came from. All the logs with the painted ends are the potential ‘WOW’ logs. We had to buy a bigger chainsaw to deal with the size of some of these. Any turners/carvers in northern Colorado want some, hit me up, we have more than I can deal with! Mostly Elm, Highly figured cottonwood and what they tell me is Hybrid Elm. (We also have huge Black Walnut but that is all mine!) :)

And thank you all for the warm welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 07:14 PM

Wow That’s got great color nice turning and great find.


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#2 posted 01-01-2012 07:29 PM

That’s really awesome! I love the combination of the simple, elegant shape and the highly accentuated grain! Okay, that AND the fact that it was FREE! :D

-- Leland, OC California

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 07:42 PM

I guess I shouldn’t really call it free… cost a fortune to have the trees taken down. lol

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 07:55 PM

Great work.
That is quite the log pile in pic 5.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 09:24 PM

Nice turnings and great wood supply. You should consider it saved- you had to have the trees cut anyway, look at it as saving it from the burn pile – you are a “Tree Hero”. Wish I lived close enough to take advantage of some of it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

#6 posted 01-01-2012 09:26 PM

Very sweet turning !!!


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#7 posted 01-01-2012 10:21 PM

Work is great – color in this is amazing!

-- TimV

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 12:20 AM


Your bowl certainly shows off the beautiful grain.

The cottonwood made us reminisce about the “big one that got away.” My husband helped remove a huge cottonwood that was full of red streaks from a churchyard and should have taken a few chunks, but instead left it for someone who said he needed it for firewood. We’re still kicking ourselves!

We wish we lived closer and we’d do some swaps. Last month we had 75 cord of oak, aspen, poplar, and pine hauled out (off a five-acre lot from our September windstorm). We have another 30+ acres of wind damage to still cut.

Free wood does take considerable sweat but at least we didn’t have to pay a fortune to have it cut.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 01-03-2012 05:24 PM

WOW, I can only dream about having a pile of logs as yours in my back yard! I have but two skinny trees on my acre back yard. I do get a new crop of rocks after every rain! LOL :) You are most fortunate to have such a stash . . . and with your love and skill in wood turning bringing spot light to nature’s beauty, I am eagerly looking forward to your next post, Jen.

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

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#10 posted 01-09-2012 02:20 AM

That is so beautiful. Looks like you just ate ice cream out of it and the chocolate syrup is smeared around.

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#11 posted 01-09-2012 03:24 AM

Wow !!! those are beautiful. You are quite the artist and craftswoman. You should be very proud. !!!

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#12 posted 01-28-2012 03:44 AM

Beautiful turnings. I have to laugh at your comments. The OOO’s and AAHHH’s over wood. Reminds me of my husband telling me he was going to trim dead wood off of the neighbor lady’s Red Bud tree…....WHAT? Are you kidding….....I HAVE to have that, I exclaimed. He didn’t, at that time realize the cost of Red Bud! No matter where I see a piece of wood laying on the ground, I will go inspect it. I’m with you….....gotta love that free wood and give it a home!

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#13 posted 11-12-2012 10:14 PM

You really are an artist.

-- Leonard H.

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