Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Road Side Harvesting

Last Wednesday went were out delivering some books for a fete and I spotted some road side culling/harvesting of timbers. Being a rural area its finders keeps if anythings left and there was.
We couldn't pick it up till the following Monday, some African Jacaranda this was just a small limb approx 500x200dia although a large stump was there way to big to lift without cutting it in half. These have the larger type pods unlike the variety seen in most Australian gardens .

No photos of the Jacaranda sorry about that.

Edited 1600hrs 17th Oct Found a photo of the stumps

Also picked up some Hawthorn, has religious significance said to be that which was used to form the crown on Christs head during his crucifixion.  What an interesting plant, regarded as a weed yet it has so many uses.

Sue guessed right in regards to species as our home in Tamworth had a bush/hedge type we had to remove it as it had found its way into the sewerage pipes.

They have large thorns on the trunk and limbs, usually used as hedges on farms but these were tree's.

Hawthorn can be used for turning and box making. This one had grubs through it but I have been able to salvage enough to store till seasoned and get 2 or 3 bowls out of 7" max a few drop spindles, pen blanks and otherthings.



 The log riddled with rot and worm holes.
 This is just some of the smaller bits.




 The gurb trying to eat its way again
the worst section when cut out was just crumbling.

 The largest bit I could save even so still had worm hole, I dug out everything possible which was wet and grubs still active. Think I'll have to spray it.

Below is a piece which as some colour.




1 comment:

  1. Nice looking bit of wood. I have thought of setting up some kind of fumigation box for when I find stray timber needing a home. Looking forward to seeing the results in twelve months.

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