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Old 02-05-2010, 01:45 PM   #541
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What part of Oregon are you from? I have exquisite memories of that fantastic drive down the Oregon coast. Just stunning.
I'm from Corvallis which is not on the coast, but I did spend lots of time in Newport growing up. Fishing, crabbing, digging for clams, or just hanging out at the beach, lots of good times. I also have many happy memories from the coast.

You get quite the prodigious output from that mill of yours! Fascinating. I'd love to mill out something solid like a 4x12 :D

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Old 02-06-2010, 12:15 AM   #542
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Yesterday I took a trip to town to pick up some bandsaw blades and shingles for the woodshed roof. They came back in the sailboat, and as the tide was way out when I got home I had to wait until this morning to ferry them from the sailboat to the dock. I use the skiff for that. The tide was nice and high, nice and easy to lift them from the skiff for a change.
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Right by where the new woodshed is going there is a big fir. I guess around 95' tall.

About 10 years ago, I was tempted to take it out, as it is pretty close to the house, but wife number 2 convinced me to leave it and just have the faller trim off the lower branches. So that's what we did.

Big mistake.

Now it is leaning over the back deck, and occasionally sheds a branch when the wind gets up. Not to mention the several million fir needles it quietly deposits in the gutter on a regular basis.

It's the big one in the middle.
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I bet the missus is going to be some choked when she sees this...
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I had to set up double rigging before I took this one out. A steel cable running back to one of my neighbours' trees with a 4,000 lb. winch. This to prevent it from going through my deck. I wouldn't be pleased with that at all.

Then a double braid rope (5/8") to another tree with a chain fall attached. This was just to nudge it in the right direction in case it had other ideas.

It went precisely where desired, but to give you some idea of the energy these things generate when they go down, it snapped the 5/16" steel cable like a piece of wet spaghetti when it hit the ground.

It reached all the way out into the bay and snapped a few branches off into the barge.
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This is the main log portion resting on the bank. Looks like a decent log.
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The top snapped like a toothpick when it hit. I cut a few pieces off, and at about the 85' mark, the tree was still about 8". And get this...96 growth rings that far up! Couldn't believe it. I didn't get a picture of that cut unfortunately.
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But I did take a couple of shots at the other end.

You see that heavy ring on the tree...that's shake. It's usually caused by heavy winds bending the tree so much that the rings actually partly separate. It renders the wood useless for anything except firewood.

Fortunately, there is still sufficient size to yield some decent lumber. I may use the bottom of the log for firewood anyway, we'll see.
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And here's the stump, showing the corresponding shake, plus what appears to be a crack across the middle of the tree.

This is the 8th big tree taken down here since we arrived, and all of them have had the dreaded root rot. Except this one!

I'm hoping for some good stuff here.
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brons2, this one's for you...it's a 12 by 12 which came out of a 16" log this morning.
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I took 4 2 by 12's off the top, then flipped the cant on edge and made 2 by 6's for the woodshed floor out of the rest.
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For the past few mornings at first light, we have had some unusual skies. For just a very few minutes, we are experiencing a red sky in localized areas. Not sure quite what is causing this, but the temperature is way above normal for this time of year, and the air is moist.

According to the untrustworthy weatherman we are not expecting any rain for several days, so this is a bit of an oddity.

The first one is looking out over the bay to DeCourcey Island, and the second one is looking north west toward Dodd Narrows.

The red sky only lasts about 5 minutes.
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Interruptions from neighbours notwithstanding, I did manage to get started digging out for the pier blocks for the woodshed. Ran out of steam - and daylight - after the first four.
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That big 12x12 is amazing, Cocobolo.

When I was a kid growing up in Oregon, we used to see log trucks go down Hwy 99 every day. A lot of them only contained a couple of logs total. Sometimes, only 1 log for the whole truck. There was a lot more old growth timber then. Now, not so much. Still bigger than here in Texas though, you see log trucks in the Piney Woods of East Texas and there will be 60 or 70 trees on a single truck. Buncha sticks, this Southern White Pine, I tell ya.

Good to see ya up there in BC layin the ax to some real trees. I spent a summer in BC once picking berries and traveling around, nice place. Had a duplex farmhouse outside of Abbotsford, BC right near the fields. Rode the ferry from Tsawwassen to Victoria as a walking passenger on a day off. Caught a old rickety bus into Victoria from the ferry terminal, that's probably the closest I have been to where you are.

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The ferry that runs from Tsawwassen to Victoria goes through Active Pass. That's only about 15 miles or so south of us, so you weren't far away. I used to live in Abbotsford many moons ago.
Moved there in 1976, then went to Aldergrove in '81, right in the middle of the farming area.

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