Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Story In A Board
Thanks for all the fun ideas about this broken up board. Now that this blog is started, maybe you will be able to see the discussions for yourself next time.
Many of you came close - seeing this was damage when the tree was felled. Fiber Pull and cracks formed as the tree was felled.
Lumberjack Mike was just here and actually got to see and hold the board - so it is not fair I know.
He described is as it happened though he failed to identify the board as red oak.
Anyway, this was a large - 28" diameter red oak, killed by oak wilt. It was leaning strongly downhill right toward several smaller alive trees. An opening in the trees tops was available 20 degrees to the left. I did my best to aim the tree over there and let it fly. It went down in the right place with a huge crash and did little damage to the standing trees. So I felt pretty good at the time.
When this dried board came out of the planer/molder I realized the butt log had been damaged as it fell. I left more hinge wood than normal to pull the tree to the side, but is was enough to cause the damage to the butt log. The splitting extended at least 16" and the gap in the grain is a fiber pull 12" long. Being brittle red oak, the fiber pulled 2 " then cracked off. So pieces fit exactly back together.
The point is, with this system of forest to finished products - I get the feedback and learn from every mistake or action that I make. I see the results of everything that I do - and that is very rewarding!! Both in understanding and in my earnings!
Thanks for chipping in -