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Forum topic by JoshNZ posted 07-13-2017 11:23 PM 877 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2017 11:23 PM

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Would you guys bother with this? It’s about 90 minutes drive from me, I’ve seen it relisted so it looks like it would go free. Check out the pictures etc, does it look too far gone or worth cutting and blanking up?

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#1 posted 07-14-2017 01:34 AM

Might be a good deal in NZ but I would definitely pass on that if it was around here..

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#2 posted 07-14-2017 03:30 AM

Pass on the 90 minute drive I assume you mean? It won’t cost anything otherwise, I doubt.

Green plum is not much good?

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#3 posted 07-15-2017 08:57 PM

Plum, or any fruitwood is very good for carving. Know any carvers?

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#4 posted 07-15-2017 09:05 PM

I do some turning myself if that counts lol that’s what I had imagined using it for.

I suppose if it’s not wide enough for bowls at the bottom it’s a lifetime supply of tool handles. Could the trunk be milled into short boards for small furniture or cutting boards etc or not really the type of wood you’d use?

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#5 posted 07-15-2017 09:51 PM

Most of my turning wood is local trees that I harvest. Typically after a storm, but from time to time just someone wanting a tree removed. Most always Mesquite, Ash or Mulberry around here. I would never pay for it. If I am going to pay for wood, it will be someone else doing all the labor to cut it down for sure. For the right tree, or reason. I would make the drive. Most of the time its a craigslist find for someone who cannot afford a pro.
Last big Ash tree came down in a storm. Owner was an elder lady on a fixed income. No way she could afford a pro for that big tree. Got a bunch of turning friends together and made short work of it. Helped her out, plus scored a big ash tree.
As far as it being to far gone. You are in New Zealand? Is it dead or winter dormant? If its a standing dead tree, its kind of a crap shoot as to what you get. No way to tell from a photo. If I really wanted it, I may go just to get out of town for a few hours. If its down for the winter, go get it.

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#6 posted 07-15-2017 10:13 PM

So another thought to add. I have only been turning a few years now, and have wasted enough time harvesting wood that for one reason or another I never got to use. For the most part, stupid rookie mistakes on my part. Like I have harvested way more wood than what I could use, and did not or could not store it properly. So big waste of time working on it.
If you go get it, Leave the pieces as long as you can manage. You always loose some, and the longer pieces allow for more room to cut off end checking.
Reading the add, it sounds like you would have to take everything, Including all the small twigs and leave the site nice a clean. I have been there, and 90 minutes away from home I have to ask. Where is all that waste going to go. Is there a dump site close by? Things to think about.
I found this post here on LJ, A turned bowl from a plum tree. Looks like nice wood to me.

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#7 posted 07-15-2017 10:33 PM

3 hour round trip, gotta haul it all away and leave everything ‘tidy’ when done, and has to be gone in 7 days after ‘paying’... I’d pass for sure. However, if you really want some of that wood, it might be worthwhile to contact the guy, explain that you can’t really take it all due to logistics, but would like to come by and get however much you could load in the back of your truck. Maybe offer to send him a finished bowl or two as a thank you.


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#8 posted 07-16-2017 01:02 AM

That’s not a terrible idea brad. I do have the gear to pick up and clear out most of it I’d say. We have a fire pit here on the orchard so the small stuff wouldn’t be a problem to dispose of, if I could get it under a tarp for the drive or something.

It looks a bit plunky in the photos, there might be some good wood but probably a lot of rotted crap too. Don’t see a chainsawed stump, I wonder if it’s rotted out and come down on its own.

I’ll leave it I think… Will keep an eye out, I don’t see this kind of thing come up all that often here in NZ, lots of hungry log fires in this country, that’s the only reason I considered it. Lots of companies who will remove a tree for free for the firewood or lumber in exchange too so it’s a tough market for hobbyists.

Thanks for answers. I’ll hope to run into some nearby soon :D.

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