LB, if you really want a belly ache chew on this, every piece of wood I have ever shown here...was headed to a burn pile in the country
. If I did not know what to look for and by hook or crook salvage it ignorant people would have burned it as rubbish. I used the word ignorant on purpose, they are not malicious just uninformed. With all the pretty and valuable pieces I have sawn over the years I still get a belly ache knowing that within 100 miles of me there is 1000X going to waste than I will ever have the opportunity to save urban logging
It's not like these trees are standing in the forest minding their own business and someone chops them down just because they are cool.
In fact the very burl that is in this thread was growing exactly 3 blocks from me ,right down the road on my own street. To add more (this may turn into a rant, sorry) I looked in my gallery here there is a picture I posted Jan 9 2007 of one of the 2 trees that I got just a few days ago, the smaller of the 2. I have been watching them for many years. When I spot a tree like this I stop and leave my business card and ask if the tree is ever going to be removed for any reason please
call me, don't haul it away I will take it....Well I got a call alright, but not from the homeowner, just a friend of mine who happened by and saw a guy cutting them down. At least one of the members here can verify this part because it was discussed in a PM. I spent all afternoon/evening Saturday chasing these logs. When I got the call I was eating lunch, I left my sandwich on the plate and jumped in the truck. I talked to the homeowner, they told me to talk to the tree service. The tree service was out of town (municipal BURN pile) hauling the limbs off, I could not find him. I will shorten the story, it was dark before they were "spoken for" . No one could figure out why I even wanted them, I was made to feel like an annoyance by the homeowner for bugging them about them (stopping by twice and calling twice in one day over a couple ugly trees they hated and wanted gone). The tree service was a little stand offish about letting me have them because he was being paid to remove them entirely (I told him to leave the logs, I would fetch them) and was afraid the people would want part of their money back for a job 1/2 done. It was a joke, I have to do this dance quite often. It really gets goofy when no one sees any value in a tree until I inquire...then they get dollar signs in their eyes "Hey, that is the sawmill guy. I was going to burn it, but if he wants it it must be worth something !" (then the ignorant people want to be paid, or worse yet "hang on to it"-which 99% of the time means let it lay and rot)
So that is an explanation of why you should not think myself and TT (and others like us) to be ugly and horrid. I beat my head against the wall on a daily basis for the chance to save trees like I show here. It is heart breaking to me to drive by a tree I have been watching and see a stump, knowing the fate of the wood, lost forever.