In The Wood

These are iPhone photos from a few days ago in the Michigan wood where my friend was cutting up this 125 foot fallen Oak. The root ball is many feet taller than I am, what a big noise this tree must have made as it toppled after 125 years or so of life! The Kramer front end loader has been with us for many decades but it just keeps on ticking. That’s true dependability! I’ve put many hours on the machine myself over the years.

2 thoughts on “In The Wood

  1. Wow, what a neat set of pics. Love the loader, wish i had had one when i was ranching. That cut showing the “curled in” on itself portion of the trunk is fascinating. I’ve never seen anything like it. You might consider a thin (< 8 inch thick) slice of that, clean the rot away, and finish sand it and stain it to make a base for a glass top coffee table. Legs could easily be rigged to support the wood. Don’t know how many sections you could get, but man they would be unique, and properly finished would probably bring big bucks in upscale furniture stores.

    • Wow, that’s a great idea!! A bit tough though as the tree is in Michigan. That loader has been worth it’s weight in gold over the years – I remember riding on the step as my dad drove the loader in northern lower Michigan circa 1980-1984. A bridge over a small crick had failed, we took the loader far into the forest to get the bridge back in shape. We were plowing through probably a couple foot of snow which had no chance of stopping the machine. Fun days!

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