|The swamp cabbage is coming up.|
I was back at the lease cutting trees today.
I dropped a decent sized black walnut and after that the chainsaw didn't cut worth a hoot. I suspect I kissed one of the steel wedges while making the back-cut. Not a nice way to treat a new chain.
The tree had a diameter of 18"-to-20" at the base and the trunk forked at 6' into two stems of equal diameter. The crotch was narrow.
Being a black walnut, it probably has two FABULOUS gunstocks in it. "Crotch" wood is justly famous for interesting grain. Not every tree produces stocks like this, but enough do to make it worth trying to save this chunk of wood.
Question to those in the know, if I have a local mill buzz it into planks, how thick should they be? 2" rough sawn? Or should I let it dry in-the-round?
I didn't get much done after dropping the walnut. And no, the files were still in the truck a quarter mile away.
|Gratuitous swamp picture. Much standing, dead ash.|
|Same swamp, slightly different angle. This is where the bald cypress will be planted.|
|I think that deer got away.|