NOT for everyone, but I LOVE free wood
Playing yesterday with some small Black Walnut branches from the "Scrap" pile left at my Aunt's from her big tree(almost 40" Diameter).
Yesterday's branches had unfortunately got tucked away and hidden for 2 years, AND though I had hastily sealed the end grain with an oil/wax mix, I somehow in my haste forgot to seal the branch cuts and the chainsaw cuts on the side. Bad enough I didn't get to the branches for 3 hot days after cuts....should be sealed within Minutes, NOT hours...and certainly not days!!
This branch had 2 different diameters, and the big chainsaw cut on the larger piece, didn't match how I wanted to cut the smaller piece, so table saw cut it in two, and trimmed the chainsaw end grain cuts, and then sealed.
I always cut the "Back" side of the wood after looking at it and guessing the grain. I TRY to keep the Heartwood at the same height end to end.
Also TRY to go down enough so piece will jig up solidly for the top carving. On Black Walnut I try to get into a kind of pretty pattern for the back, but usually stop before Heartwood is hit, as I can always sand a hair more off.
Yesterday's piece was kinda marginal, as Heartwood had actually split from Sapwood. Also splits had developed from the untreated branch stubs and where chainsaw actually hit the wood
BUT, very interesting pattern on the bigger piece;
And smaller Plain Vanilla piece has very predictable Heart/Sap line;
Today will be doing 2 pieces that had similarly been "lost" behind my shaper and a box somehow and ends had NOT been treated.....Must have been a dead branch on the tree, as insect damage
was noticeable,and the bark was loose. Insects in the shop was scary, so put in oven at 200F for 60 minutes, even though a firewood study by the State said Zero insects at Any stage were alive after 45 minutes at 160F by what is now State Law for incoming firewood from other states.
SO today's victims are the two wormy/split pieces being surfaced on the second side so I can see where the wormwood is, and where to trim/butterfly wedge the splits?
Also one little cut-off that WAS well sealed after trimming off sections for the 2 "Owls in a Branch" already cut, will have "Back" trimmed flat.
Kinda mindless work, but sometimes very rewarding for my small pieces...and if it's REALLY SCRAP I can chuck it in the woods and have more room:)