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OscarG

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Hi all

My brother in law just had a tree chopped down in his garden. He thinks it might have been Ash but not 100%. He said I can have as much as I want.

Do you think these bits look any good?

Should I take bark off, saw them up into smaller bits before storing them?

https://imgur.com/r14ew9n
 

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Do you turn? If not, it is probably not much use
 

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Nah. If use it would be for smallish bandsaw projects. Most of the bits are 10” by 10” sort of size.
 

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Probably better off as firewood with that amount of shakes in them being such short pieces, you might only yield a couple of inches of usable timber. Been out in the sun too long!

Looks like Ash(Hard to tell with them being so orange from exposure, makes it look a little like Apple but the bark is more Ash.), a very knarly Ash tree at that!
 

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Cherry is usually quite round, smooth barked with horizontal striations. I'd think that's more likely to be something like Monterey cypress. I logged six big ones that looked remarkably like it.
 

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Sell them on as garden ornaments. Perfect for rockeries and below bushes.
 

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It doesn't look at all like ash or cherry. It looks much more like some kind of conifer - thuja or something like that.

You could get more clues from the smell when you cut it - a "pine'y" kind of smell would suggest conifer.

If I'm right, it's not even much use as firewood....
 

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aw... do you really think it's that bad then?

Here's a close up!
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I was gonna have a go at stripping off the bark and then smearing wax or something over the tops.

Shall I just bin them then?
 

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Garden ornaments, 50 quid a time at a posh nursery.
Or save them till november.
 

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You think that lots bad... Last year I chopped down a Yucca tree (you know, the 3 spiky leaves on top of a thin wooden trunk in a pot in the window bay)
well thats how mine started 10 years ago.
When I chopped it down it was 15 foot tall and over 30" across at ground level.

Inside was just a fibrous mess that had so much milky white sap it stopped a chain saw dead. A tree saw wouldnt look at it. If i got the blade forwards, I couldnt drag it backwards. After finally getting it cut to just above ground level, the only way to shift the base was by using a club hammer and 4" bolster. Chopping cubes out that looked like coconut ice cream.
Thankfully they dont have below ground roots. It must have weighed a half ton and I salvaged NOTHING from a hard days work.
 

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Ha... you should have just entrusted me to look after it. Despite good intentions I’m a serial killer of plants.

Over watering, under watering. I do it all. I just look at them and they start to wilt.

I have a yucca type thing in my lounge dying a slow death. I reckon I could cut the poor thing open with a blunt penknife.
 

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the reason is its a tropical plant. buy it a sun lamp, give it a months monsoon rainfall very 6 months and watch that baby go.
 

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I had a close look at the wood last night, there are loads of bloody cracks (or shakes as I believe proper wood people call them) so I've taken your advice, binned them!

The 3 bits of wood will be now be used as an insect hotel in my parents' garden (hammer)
 
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