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We had what we thought was a treetop blown down in the fall. What a surprise when we went to clean up for firewood...it was a white oak stump/crotch that was originally partially standing dead...NOW I have spalted white oak stump crotch with a little burl action in the base!!! Each trunk was approx 13" and 15" at max and 75 yrs old. Stony, poor soil caused the slow growth. I WILL lose some due to rotting that had taken place internally. I can't wait to see this one sawn!!!

The middle pic shows where it broke off IN the ground...the left and right pics show it split down the center of crotch (IT WASN'T going to fit the saw ANYWAY I could slice it).

It's amazing how the ground contents effect growth....the huge red oak I sawed back in the spring from different location was 6' trunk crotch and trunks @ 36" each was only 75- 80 yrs old but also a lonely field tree.
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OOOHHHH it definitely won't be a waste of time NOR do I take any offense, BUT I didn't say I'd have ALOT of wood either when done!!! LOL This stump prior to sawing it in half ,was about 48" tip to tip on the fork end and the ball approx 40"x 40" and total length about 56". Nice size ball of something!!!

It's got a lot of potential IF it ain't all rotted. The 2 trunks coming off showed 0 rot in them. I believe it's only going to be like a pyramid mound that's questionable, MY main concern is did it get into the crotchwood feathering and will there be any burl left. I'm thinking of cutting the first one perpendicular (normal??) to the crotch and the other maybe parallel. So far everything I've tried parallel I wasn't too happy with but this may have some surprises since its in the root ball area!!???

In this style of cutting that I do it's part of the risk to find that special piece....BUT for production type sawing...NO WAY I'd waste the time. Believe me it's hard to saw with high expectations to only throw it away/burn it (and I've done more than people know), but I have sawed thinking it'll only be medioker(??) and have something awesome.

Oh yeah...THANKS for liking the 90%...I'll take them odds any day!!!
 

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Thanks Duane.....high energy would be an under statement....it's even hard to stop and rest, my body thinks it's still got to be going...LOL....it's called restless leg (the docs say) but anyone whom truly has it would probably agree with me.."...it's a curse straight from hell !!! ".... I just don't let it rule me physically nor mentally.

Aard, got email and measure over weekend...I think sizing is correct.
 

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And we can't wait to see PHOTOS!!! Need a few of the log PRIOR to the cutting so we can exercise our imagination!!! That a way we have to wait in antisapation !!!....kinda like Christmas...LOL.
 
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