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This followed me home from work today

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Ross Scott, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. Ross Scott

    Ross Scott

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    Going to have fun cutting this up, weighs 1.4 tonne and is very hard cutting with the chainsaw wood is unknown but lots of good looking grain going by what I have seen so far
     

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  2. Emiliano Achaval

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    Unless the picture is deceiving that does not look like a 3000 lbs log. Is that how heavy it felt to you? LOL
     
  3. Ross Scott

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    My loader has scales on it that are calibrated so was able to weigh the wood before I loaded it onto the small truck I used to make sure it complied with our weight limits and so I could use the correct amount of load restraint to avoid being fined by the police they like to come down hard on truck drivers and I have experienced that one time too many. Measurements are 31.49 inches Diameter, Length is 57.8 Inches
     
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  4. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, the picture does not make the log justice, that is a lot of wood! Have fun and make sure you. show us the final results.
     
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  5. Ross Scott

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    I do agree with you on pictures being deceiving this is the one thing I have dreamed of since I started turning wood a year ago and that is having a good supply of wood the log had been dug out of a swamp and sat off to one side for the last three years during the construction of an expressway the managers of the project know I am a woodturner so I had it offered to me there was another log but another work colleague claimed it and will be milled and was double the size and length of the one I got. I will try and turn a piece of it on my new lathe once it is assembled after I collect it tomorrow from Terry Scott in Auckland and will post a picture of the results.
     
  6. Emiliano Achaval

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    You hit the jackpot! Congratulations. Day hello to Terry for me. Aloha.
     
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  7. Ross Scott

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    I certainly will Emiliano, Terry has been a great help with advice when I have called or emailed him also looking forward to having a look at his woodturning gallery as well.
     
  8. Richard Coers

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    Going to be a lot of waste in that log, I only see about one blank in that cut that won't have cracks in it. But maybe you like cracks in your work, it seems a lot of people do these days. Good luck!
     
  9. Mark Jundanian

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    Well you know at least one of the pieces you make will have to be called "Swamp Thing", or maybe "Creation From The Black Lagoon". ;)
     
  10. Ross Scott

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    Sneak preview of what I have started turning from a piece of the log, I took this piece with me when I went to pick up my lathe and was told it may be ash.
     

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  11. Emiliano Achaval

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    Silly question, if it was in a swamp, is it waterlogged? Dry wood fibers but wet? Is this from an area where there was also some ancient Kauri? I would suggest mentioning the wood provenance when selling it, a lot of people like to hear where the wood came from. As a rule of thumb, all of my wood is "windfall" even if needed a little help from a 372XP Husqvarna chainsaw, LOL
     
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  12. Ross Scott

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    It has been sitting for over 3 years on dry ground off to one side of where it was dug out any native wood that was found during the earthmoving stage of the expressway project I am working on was taken away by the maori for wood carving along with any artifacts from the waikato land war, back to that log the wood fibres felt like it had a small amount of moisture in it but not like how they feel when the wood is still green. As far as I know the swamp kauri is north of the region I live in as I am approximately 1.5 hours north of Taupo, also I passed your regards onto Terry for you had a fantastic time at his gallery and retail area. I share the same principle as yourself when it comes to wood I never take wood from commercially felled wood I do have a freind with a farm where I can get wood and he has a great range which is where I got that apple wood from infact he has got some wood set aside waiting for me for when I go there again for a visit and he only takes wood from logs that has been sitting in his fields from when his grandfather owned the land.
     
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    Well here we go a finished bowl from that log
     

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    Very nice! I dig the "scars". How'd you like running the new machine?
     
  15. Ross Scott

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    The new lathe is fantastic being able to rotate the headstock while hollowing out the bowl and powersanding the inside just made it so much easier, a bit of crack filling was done with wood shavings and CA glue on the minor stuff and 5 minute epoxy on the really bad ones during turning, in hindsight would have looked better with something like copper powder or turquiose powder and CA glue to use as a filler but I was just messing around to get myself familiarized with the lathe.
     

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