the bark really looked like elm anyway, as did the shape of the tree standing (grey tree in center).
the wood is really light, with light honey/brown tones. the texture of the log and the live edges is intense.
i'll get some better pics of the grain when we stack and sticker these boards.
this was one of those rare, ideal situations. homeowner contacted me about commissioning furniture to be made from this tree which was dead and had to be removed from the site of her new house. I got to see the tree before it was taken down, discuss the removal with the arborists involved to maximize the usable lumber, and we have a long while to firm up designs for as many pieces as we can think of to go into the new house.
i showed up to a 40'+ log ready to me milled up. we bucked it into 4 sawlogs: [email protected]
12', [email protected]
8-9'. the shorter ones have nice crotch figure. the pickup can only handle one sawlog worth of boards at a time (barely) so we will have to go back a few times to get it all milled and back to my shop for drying.
my partner may look like he's being lazy but when a guy uses a cant hook for a pillow he's tough enough to work with me.
you can see three of the sawlogs here, the last was buried in knee deep snow.
more pics will be added to this thread as we make progress getting this one milled and cataloged.