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Now and again you run into situations where for whatever reason it's not prudent or wise to put stock on the mill and cut it down. It may be due to odd shape, short length, any number of variables. So, you grab a chainsaw and you're into brutal cuts!!

This sort of thing usually makes turners really happy, attracts carvers pretty readily, and even gets the attention of guys looking for something to resaw. So, what's you're particular bent?

The piece pictured here is 6" from the front face to the crown, 12" across the face, and 15" long. It should be good for one or two bowl blanks, depending.

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The piece pictured here is a smaller version of the piece above. It's 5" from the face to the crown, 12" across the face, and about 9" long.

I would think you could get a nice bowl blank to turn or carve out of the piece. I wouldn't think you'd get more than one blank out of it, but what do I know, I'm just a dope with more chainsaws than brains.

I should mention, these pieces are dead green. The tree was just felled and delivered in April [2013].
These pieces are incidental to the main log being bucked for milling and the fact that like so many of our trees it was taken down between structures, so I got it in a lot of not so big pieces and several that are about 3' in diameter and 3' or 4' in length.

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Anyway, if you like to turn green stock these guys are just the ticket. They've been painted overall with end coat to retard moisture loss and cracking.
The piece on the left is a cool one. It's a 4" thick slab. The last 3 or 4 inches on the right end aren't quite as thick and express as a round rather than a slab. It's 7" across the face you can see, and about 13" long. I've got all ideas a couple of bowl blanks could be obtained from the piece and I'd expect to see some pretty nice figure in each.
Below is a 1/2 round piece. I knocked off the crown so the piece has 2 flat sides, but it still has the character of a 1/2 log. It's about 6" thick, 10" across the face you can see, and 14" long.

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This is a nice little slab on the right.

I'd think you could get a nice little platter out of it.

You've noticed, no doubt, there are defects in spots on some of these pieces and dimensions are approximate. It comes with the territory when bringing out pieces with chainsaws. Still, I try to work it so ugly's only skin deep and the rest of any given piece is in pretty good shape.

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I really like this particular piece. The side you can't see is going to cause a lot of gnarly figure to be revealed in anything turned or carved out of this thing.

Most likely any user is going to break this out into 2 pieces. They'll both be nice.

This item puts me in mind of a band saw box. I couldn't do it, but you might.

The piece below is straightforward little quarter round. It'll fit through the throat on most band saws if you need to doctor it up before turning. Doctoring up pieces with a draw knife, a hand planer, hatchet; comes with the turf when using chainsaw stock. The trade off is getting to utilize figure and form that you don't have access to when starting from dimensional stock.

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There's not a lot to be said about something as plain Jane as a little block, other than to recount that I'm frequently asked if a piece like this will be figured.

The answer is, "Hell, I don't know!"

My observation is that any given piece seldom comes without figure.

The piece below is a half round with a bit of the crown removed to make a flat side. The broad face is about 10" across, it's 9" long and about 5" thick. Bolt it up and turn it!

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If you'd like pricing or more information call Mark at 305-664-2924 or click here: The pieces are all numbered so it's easy to identify what you want.

Mark Butler 2012