This is a White Pine. I remember this tree, when I was in high school. It lived on Bernoudy road at the Big Falls rd end over looking the river and White Hall proper, it was huge then. B.G.E cut it down last year and told Tom Nicholson about it, he had the good sense to get it. It sounds like a bit of an ordeal he was alone but being an arborist he managed to muscle it out with machine and winch. Counted the rings,over two hundred of them. If there is a White Hall Historical society and there should be, they should be tripping over themselves to get some of this wood. It’s gorgeous for pine which doesn’t impress often.
This is the first time using the slabber attachment on his Peterson Sawmill, it was a bit tough to dial in but once I figured what needed to move and how much, it was easy, you did have to square it back up after each cut. This was a big run 48″ at the widest point, it didn’t go out enough to mess up the cut but its best to start as square as possible as in life, to avoid a pile up of misery. That and it was best to sharpen after each run. It uses a full skip chain so there really aren’t many teeth to sharpen. I felt pretty comfortable running this after using my Logosol set up, I’ve re-sharpened my chains to a rip angle, 10 degrees, so I was comfortable with sharpening and it cut with a speed better than what I had expected or am use too with my set up.
I cut four slabs from the choicest section and was going for a fith but thought bettter, it would have cuped most likely and this tree is not one to experiment with. So there is a lot of 5/4 and 8/4 stuff 10″wide all FOR SALE!
ATTENTION CHAIR MAKERS there is a lot of clear 8/4 seat stock here 11″ long 9″ to 10 inches wide.
Here are two I’m gonna use for a settee.
Other exciting news (if your into green woodworking) is Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee finished “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th-century Joinery”.
The first class I took in woodworking , besides shop in high school, was with these two. I could be mistaken but I think they just finished a run of “Make A Chair From A Tree” I remember a stack of new books and I bought one, this was a joint stool class, my first introduction to green woodworking and I wanted every thing to do with it I would have lived in the shop and slept on the floor if I could, Alexander encouraged me to come work and learn so I did in my free time.It hit’s the stands the end of February.