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Mike Davis

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Thought i would put a few pics up here for you to look at.





Hopefully this will be fully sawn and milled by this weekend.

Cheers
Mike
 

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What kind of wood? What will it be used for, handle material, other things?
 

Potato42

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Sweet! Man I need to find me some logs like that.
 

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The top burl and the root system are Box Elder,the bottom one is Maple. I have the full maple tree getting dropped in about 2 weeks, been dead and still standing for 3-4 years, it is pretty hard stuff. Sorry, i posted this on Del's page because he will end up with a bunch of it. The burl in the top pic is about 16" and it goes completely through the roots :)
 

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Can I have that center section? I'll even be gracious and pay for shipping.

That looks to be some really killer stuff.
Sorry I got first dibs, I am planning on making a lot of knives this year :)
 

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Major coolness! This beats the heck out of buying little pieces as far as I'm concerned. More work, but what fun!
 

Mike Davis

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I think half of the fun is in the exploration. From finding, and logging to cutting up the wood to see what surprises await inside! I will soon have a substantial amount ready to ship for stabilization, so maybe i will have some available for you guys :) The wood i get is getting split evenly 3 ways. Delbert is one of the 3 ways lol. So Del...does that mean i get a Gyuto? hahahaha
 

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That looks like an exciting score! Keep posting!

I have a friend on Facebook whose girlfriend posted a picture of a "gross tree"...it was a massive Pecan Burl, which IIRC, are pretty bloody rare. Of course, I asked, and she remembers nothing about it or it's location.

I have since kept my eyes peeled for just this thing.
 

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Hey, let's see some pictures of it cut up. I'll show you mine if you show me yours :)

Some crazy Spalted Maple I happened upon:


You'll be seeing some kitchen knife handles out of this in a few months.


That Box Elder Burl of yours should be nothing short of amazing.
-M
 

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Love the spalt, Michael. You plan on stabilizing that? Might have to trade you a few pieces :beer: I noticed that some of the edging of the box elder has some spalting in it. Mine goes to the sawmill today for sure, so should be done by monday :)
 

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Yeah, needs to dry some more and cut down a bit to handle-sized pieces before I send it off to WSSI. We might be able to work something out. I love Box Elder Burl lots, so....
-M
 

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50 pounds? :eek:

I felt like a high roller and sent in 6 pounds. LMAO!!!

Mike @ WSSI treated me like a king though.
 

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The latest batch from stabilization :viking:
Almost 50 lbs
That looks sweet, I'd love to roam through that and have a closer look... I got about 30 pounds back from K&G a few weeks ago and the next box is almost full.

Just wondering: Do you guys see a quality difference between WSSI and K&G? I have just used K&G lately because they were faster, more responsive, and easier to reach. Maybe I was just unlucky, I had a hard time getting a hold of Mike the last few times I tried. I thought both were good but I never compared wood treated by them directly.

Stefan
 

Michael Rader

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Never used K&G, so don't know. WSSI has been good to me. I fill up a box, send it to them and two weeks later they call asking for my credit card #. (I give them Stephan Fowler's... don't tell.) I'm pretty sure they use a different resin and/or heat setting, but it would be interesting to cut one piece in half, send one to K&G and send one to WSSI and compare quality, etc...
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I have not sent any to K&G although I have used a few pieces that were done by them. I know the resin they use is slightly different, because some woods stabilized by K&G aremore reactive to certian chemicals than WSSI. I use WSSI because I have always had good results and Mike lets me know if there are any issues. Sent him that batch on april 19 and got it back on may 9 priority mail both ways. 20 days total 4 for shipping and 2 weekends makes 12 days which works just fine for me. There will be more work for Mike soon. :viking:
 

apicius9

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Thousands of eyes looking at me :eek2:

Stefan
 

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Here is a small Black Locust burl that i got my hands on. Not exactly the most well known or used wood, but it is 2 years dry. The guy i got them from has a portable saw mill and will have them cut up for me hopefully sunday :) Thought i would get it up here for you guys to peek at
Oh...btw, it is 16 feet long and 34 inches in diameter without the burls.

 

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The Black Locust Burl sounds and looks badass. Love burls...can I get a piece!? Maybe I will get some attached to a Del.
 

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You guys are making me drool.:drool: I'd love to find some kinda burl or spalted tree around here to cut up.
 

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