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Old 07-18-2010, 09:53 AM   #1726
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How did you get the tree from the south end of the island to your mill?
Nothing to it. When the trees came down, my friend Laurie at the south end cut them on his mill. He's the one who has stored the wood under his house all this time.

He recently gave me a trailer load of this wood which he no longer has any use for, as he is moving off the island, sad to say.

So the trailer can get to the head of Herring Bay, and from there I carry each piece - one at a time - over to my place.

There is a whole lot of 4 x 4's, but there was some wide 2" thick planking as well.

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The flash pic didn't work, so this is natural light.

You can see how much of the board absorbed the varnish entirely. I would say easily 50%. I used full strength varnish to see if that would help, but no dice.

I will use a mix of drier, thinner and varnish to make sure the finish penetrates everywhere that it needs to for the next several coats. The first one is nearly ready to be re-coated already.
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No attempt has been made to do any repair work on the natural cracks in the wood. That will just be part of the character of the table.

There are several knots, a couple of small holes which go right through the boards where small branches were growing. Also a few areas where the tree had the canker. It looks like irregularly shaped black marks or holes where the canker is.

Almost every arbutus tree has this from this area.

I'll have to take some photos of growing trees with this to show you what it looks like.
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Here is a section of canker on a small tree.
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Another common trait of the tree is that the bark peels like this quite naturally.
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Typically, a young tree will look smooth like this.
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Here are some more examples of the canker growing.
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I read last night on a well informed website that these trees will often grow with a lean as much 20. Apparently this tree hasn't read about that yet.
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Something like 97%+ of the top took kindly to the varnish on this 2nd. coat.

About all you can see now is reflections.

All being well, it will get the next coat tonight.
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Keith, I think, long ago, when Dinosaurs roamed this part of the country, Arbutus trees, were merely "plants", and as such, they shed their 'white ball" seeds in November, their bark in August, will dull a chain saw in 2 seconds, are best split 2 seconds after they hit the ground, rather than when they 'black', and the whole inner structure can die away, but the outside Zylem and Ploem, will continue to allow the tree to surive! Also, they are capable of growing in cracks of rock where nothing else can grow, and cannot be successfully transplanted, and prolly produce more BTUs from burning than any Eastern Hardwood! Just some casual obs from being out and about!
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Oh my stars, that is just beautiful, I knew the color would just jump right out at you when the finish was put on but I didn't realize it would look that great, man o man. I can't wait to see what you do next.

I for one appreciate the details about the tree, that was really interesting. On your thread is actually the first time I ever heard of this tree. The smooth bark kinda reminds me of Crape Myrtle but Crape Myrtle doesn't shed its bark like that. The hottest burning wood around this area is Hickory, to my knowledge.

Does Aromatic Cedar or Red Cedar grow up your way?
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Keith, I think, long ago, when Dinosaurs roamed this part of the country, Arbutus trees, were merely "plants", and as such, they shed their 'white ball" seeds in November, their bark in August, will dull a chain saw in 2 seconds, are best split 2 seconds after they hit the ground, rather than when they 'black', and the whole inner structure can die away, but the outside Zylem and Ploem, will continue to allow the tree to surive! Also, they are capable of growing in cracks of rock where nothing else can grow, and cannot be successfully transplanted, and prolly produce more BTUs from burning than any Eastern Hardwood! Just some casual obs from being out and about!
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Absolutely true. Their roots will penetrate the smallest nooks and crannies in any rock and go down for 12' or so in search of water. Almost nothing else will survive where they can - and they don't look so bad doing it, either.

Ours are in the process of their annual leaf shedding right now, which makes an awful mess everywhere. But it's just one more thing we can throw on the compost pile, it all helps.
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Oh my stars, that is just beautiful, I knew the color would just jump right out at you when the finish was put on but I didn't realize it would look that great, man o man. I can't wait to see what you do next.

I for one appreciate the details about the tree, that was really interesting. On your thread is actually the first time I ever heard of this tree. The smooth bark kinda reminds me of Crape Myrtle but Crape Myrtle doesn't shed its bark like that. The hottest burning wood around this area is Hickory, to my knowledge.

Does Aromatic Cedar or Red Cedar grow up your way?
They both grow here. Aromatic cedar is quite uncommon here, but we actually have several trees right here on Ruxton island.

As for the Western Red Cedar, thuja plicata, that's one of the trees that the west coast is famous for. They will grow to massive proportions on the west coast, particularly in areas with abundant rain.

Which is one reason that I have been able to pull so many out of the ocean over the years!
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Keith, are there a good number of different type trees growing in your area. There are a lot of hardwoods in our area and pines but I think pines grow everywhere. One of my favorite native trees is Walnut, I love the way it machines and looks. One thing with Walnut sawdust, don't use it for pet or horse bedding, it will take their hair off.

Thanks for posting all the pictures, it just makes me want to be there on your island. I noticed in the last picture of the Arbutus tree, there is a twisted stick in the picture, is it also Arbutus. That would make one fine walking stick, maybe heavy but it sure would be pretty.
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Keith, are there a good number of different type trees growing in your area. There are a lot of hardwoods in our area and pines but I think pines grow everywhere. One of my favorite native trees is Walnut, I love the way it machines and looks. One thing with Walnut sawdust, don't use it for pet or horse bedding, it will take their hair off.

Thanks for posting all the pictures, it just makes me want to be there on your island. I noticed in the last picture of the Arbutus tree, there is a twisted stick in the picture, is it also Arbutus. That would make one fine walking stick, maybe heavy but it sure would be pretty.
I'm not quite sure I know which one you are speaking of, but everything you see there is arbutus.

Yes, we have a fair variety of trees which grow here, predominantly we get all the conifers.

Different types of spruce, several firs, pines, hemlock. If you look almost anywhere down on the province from the air, it looks like it is covered in softwoods.

Certainly we have hardwoods as well, but relatively speaking, not that many. The big sugar maples are reasonably common, the arbutus we are speaking of is restricted to a small area of the south coast and southern coastal islands. We have Garry Oak on this island, and it too is reasonably common on the other Gulf islands and parts of Vancouver Island. We have a few small stands of Red Alder here, but it is more common as you head out into the Fraser Valley area.

Many years ago when I was helping to build the Government fish hatchery on the Chehalis river, there were a very few Black Cherry trees on the site. I had not heard of this tree growing out here, as I understood it to be basically confined to the Ottawa valley in Ontario.

However, the Gov't site super, who was a woodworker, had this long bole, I would say around 40' and dead straight, laying on front of his trailer.

I asked him what it was and he told me. Evidently, he had build his daughter a bedroom suite several years earlier from Black Cherry. He told me of another couple of trees in the woods and asked if I would like one!

You Betcha!!! So, the next day I brought my chainsaw to work and took one down. I had to cut it into 6' lengths in order to move it...man that stuff was heavy. Of course, being completely green didn't help. I eventually moved it in the trunk of my old Caddy. What a ride that was!

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