Last week a local tree guy offered me a beautiful Northern Red Oak log, straight, clear, and no twist. He said it was 18″ in diameter, which is the first time I can remember anyone underestimating the size of a tree: the butt log was 24″ in diameter at the small end. It died standing last summer, so there are a few beetle holes, but not many. It is probably ideal for Peter Follansbee-type joinery. I should be able to get some 8″ panels out of it and maybe even wider. Contact me for more info or to place an order.
A few beetle holes
Recent Happenings: Butternut Delivery
Last month I got an order of 18-28″ wide butternut from Irion Lumber for natural chair seats. Butternut is a relative of walnut, though it weighs quite a bit less than walnut and is much easier to carve. It has a blight and is going extinct, so I decided to stock up while it is still available. The day it was delivered, Sandi Tait was here from Canada taking turning lessons and she photographed the delivery:
Starting the tractor
Look at all that wood!
The stuff is pretty light
Off we go!
My neighbor Lorenzo helped haul it upstairs in the shop.