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These are photos of a maple tree in Arnold


The home owner emailed the Chesapeake Woodturners to let us know he had a tree with a 4 foot base that had been taken down and would like to give it to any Woodturners that might be interested in it.  The homeowner is preparing to put on an addition and needed to get rid of the tree to make room for his project.  Collecting this wood presented a number of difficulties.  The tree was literally too big to move with sections 40" long weighing 1200 #.  I needed to have my landscape trailer modified so that I could mount a winch.  I had the van wired to power a winch and bought a 5000# winch so chat I could roll the heavy pieces of wood over to cut the bottom section with out dulling the chain saw in the dirt..  In the end I also used the winch to drag the sections of tree up on to the trailer.  Then there is the issue of having a saw long enough to cut the logs.  Clearly my 20" saw was not going to do the job.  Thankfully my friend Scott bought a chain saw with a 28" bar.   Photos and descriptions are included below.

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This photo is of Scott, Gene and my self standing infront of the tree on the first day. The tree was felled in November of 2010. We started cutting it in June of 2011.

This is a picture of me ripping some platter blanks.

This is a photo of Scott croscutting a log we will later turn into platter blanks.

In the foreground is Gene cutting some bowl blanks and in the background I am contemplating my navel.

Note in the picture that the tree runs from to the right of Gene in red to past the pile of logs to the left of my chain saw. The base of the tree is 4' in diameter and the top is about 2' in diameter. This is a very large tree.

This is a picture of Scott and I hot and sweaty taking a rest break.

Here is a photo of Scott and I looking rather pleased with the collection of wood that Gene, Scot and I have assembled.

This is a shot Gene took from his truck on the end of the first day. Gene's truck is full of logs, my trailer has a nice load of blanks and Scots truck (not shown) also has a nice load of wood.

This is a photo of Scott after cutting a 4' diameter section of the maple tree. We had to chock all 6 wheels 2 on the trailer and 4 on the van to keep the van from sliding back under the force of the winch, when we pulled the section of log away from the rest of the trunk.

this is a photo of Scott ripping sections of the 4' diameter log.

This photo is after most of the tree is gone.

On the left in this picture are the 2 logs shown below on the trailer.

This photo is of the winch mounted on the trailer. I had a local welder add the mount to a standard landscape trailer. The welder had to reinforce the top rail and a rail on the tung of the trailer to handle the forces involved in dragging a 1200 pound log up into the trailer.

The process of getting the log into the trailer involves positioning the trailer directly in front of the log. The log section is cut from the trunk, and the cable is raped around the log.

The winch is cable of pulling 5000 pounds. I estimate this log to weigh less than 1200 pounds, but the act of dragging the log requires a great deal more force than if I could roll the log.

There is a pile of dirt and debris that are pushed up in front of the log.

We managed to get 2, 1200 pound logs on the trailer. We were able to do this only because of the winch. The capacity of the trailer is 3100 pounds of payload.

This is a close up of the 2 logs on the trailer.

What once was a 30' section of tree trunk with a 4' base has been reduced to a small collection of logs.

This is another photo of Scott cutting a nice piece of crotch wood.

Because of the forces involved, that the van and trailer are on the grass and that the van and trailer only weigh 4700 pounds together the wheels have to be chocked so that the force of the winch can be applied to the tree. Even with the chocks the truck can be pulled back by the winch.

This is another picture of the dragmarks that the tuuck left. As the home owner is planning construction in the near future this is not a problem.

This is a photo of some of the wood after it has been cut with a portable chain saw mill.

This is a 3'bowl blank from the maple tree.

The stack of wood on the left and in the center are platter blanks. The wood on the right is 15"x15"x3' hollow form blanks.

This is a close up of some of the hollow form blanks.

I bought a Granberg Small Log Mill. Scott acquired a 36" Husqvarna chain saw that we can use it with.

I built a number of fraimes to act as a guide for the saw on the first cut on the log. The frame in the picture is a 40" wide x 50" long frame. Scott is using the saw while I snap a quick photo.

Because we are using the mill attachment on a 36" saw on a 40" log it takes 2 of us to power it through the cut.

The key to using the sawmill is to apply just enough presser that the saw cuts but does not stall.

Another view of cutting a platter blank.

You have to take care coming out of the cut to provide a balance between the cut and the speed of the saw. You want to avoid over revving the saw as over revving the it can burn the up the saw.

The Granberg small log mill produces nice turning blanks, but it also produces alot of chips. I ended up with 6 leaf bags full of sawdust and chips.

In a daysí work we made a large pile of bowl blanks. (see next photo)

Added to the pile of large platter blanks (36" or larger)

And produced a large pile of 13"x13"x40" hollowform blanks.

This is another view of the hollow form blanks

We have 3 logs left on the Maple Rd. project.

Slabbing them on site is now an option.

This is a picture of how the wood pile has grown.

This is the last load of logs from Maple road.

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