Originally Posted by forresth
Siberian Elm would have been one of my guesses.
remember its not going to just be a stump sitting there. Kids will be climbing on it and the height and table top will give it more leverage than just a stump out in the woods.
I was talking with my wife about this last night and she thought it was some sort of pine tree that had been there..... I thought the bark looked elmish, in the picture, but I do sort of recall a pine tree of some sort being in that courtyard and with the summer we had, a lot of pines died this past summer.
You are correct, I'm sure at some point kids will climb on it, but even if this goes forward, I am trying to figure out as best as possible how to keep it from just suddenly failing. If it were a gradual failure, one would hope someone would take care of it and get rid of it, eliminating a greater possibility for danger.
I had thought running pins into stump at angle would create opposing force, so it wouldn't want to fall one way or the other. Thinner, would be lighter meaning it wouldn't pose as much danger if it were to break and fall, but with the above post saying the rebar would rust out, makes me curious about that. I do have some old chain link fence material laying around, which is thicker than the wire mesh I have and it's galvanized. Would that be better??