Saturday, March 04, 2006

Don't Try This at Home

Don't try this at home unless you have a powerful chainsaw, the correct chain, and the skill-set to operate the saw without the bar kicking up and hitting you in the face.

You're probably asking yourself right now "why on earth would I want to do this"? I perform these cuts to produce fire starter or tender. When a rip-chain is used and the cut is made along the grain, long slivers of cellulose are removed from the kerf. These slivers pile up quickly and when allowed to dry a few days in the hot sun, a handful of this material will aid in igniting kindling to built campfires, bonfires, fireplace, chimineas or woodburning stove fires. I like using Maple wood because the wood is white when fresh and a light golden color when dry. A good friend donated these two pieces of trunk when he removed the backyard tree for a home expansion project. After drying, I will store the material in plastic garbage bags.

Have a good day!



At 3/04/2006 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't see how you're going to take all of those slivers of wood and make them into a nice box for your friend!

At 3/05/2006 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that those shavings make some cozy fires for you. Thanks for cutting my walnot and oak logs. The quarter sawn oak is a think of beauty. It's just like Christmas looking at them. My only fear is that I will not put them to use in a project that matches their beauty!

At 3/06/2006 8:12 AM, Blogger mmabe said...

I enjoyed working and spending time with you. You have some quality lumber that will take time to cure. So, this can give you time to plan a proper project. Have a good week and we'll continue sawing the remainder later.


At 3/07/2006 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have been doing this for years. The only added feature is we place the shaving in a coffee can and pour a small amount of kerosene on the shaving and let is soak.

A small amount will light any fireplace.


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