The rumor that Beatrice pushed me into the chipper is greatly exaggerated. BUT thanks to everyone who had great ideas for our tree. The way the puzzle was made looked like this:
I was amazed at the size of the limbs the chipper would take. When it was done they went to the back of the property where i had made a new bin for the chips and dumped them. AND yes some will be used for walkways, some for mulch, and some will get run through our chipper and become ‘green fertilizer’.
I did save 3 of the nice straight limbs for future turning projects. I see lots of bowls in that pile, but not till next year. Well maybe sooner if i turn a few green. And of course we saved the infamous (now) seat for two. After I set it in front of my shop it just looked so cool i left it.
This was the real trunk. It’s hard to see but the tree was allowed to develop multiple main trunks and some nasty crotches, one of which was starting to split. This is what was left of the stump after grinding. Next year it will sink enough to get seeded .
We also had the guys trim a huge limb off our neighbors pecan tree that was right over our barn. I only kept one piece for turning. Pecan wood doesn’t bring a great price here, but nice oak does.
Thanks to everyone for sharing our adventure. Our next adventure is to Atlanta for Thanksgiving Dinner with the Old Bike Rider his family and friends (some of whom we just haven’t met yet.)