The property owner of The Marlay, Chad, writes in with this great account…
The Historic Pecan Tree was given it’s proper respect yesterday when Frank the “Lumber Jock” slabbed-up the 2 largest trunk pieces. Using an “Alaska Jig”, we were able to get 9 slabs of beautiful Pecan wood – all over 10 feet long. This should yield 5 or more beautiful banquet tables. There was also enough left over to allow several Decatur wood-workers material to use for furniture projects.
We will also have some benches that we made from the outside cuts.on site just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day Festivities.
The First Cut is the deepest, er, I mean the hardest. A wood guide is built to run the jig on- once there is a flat surface, the jig runs on the top of the log, with the huge saw mounted below.
Pecan, like many hardwoods, can “check” and crack quickly. The slabs are immediately “stickered” with strips of wood between each leveled slab. This allows airflow for even drying and minimizes warping. Without a kiln, it could take up to 3 years to air dry these monsters. We may send some of these slabs to a “vacuum kiln” where the drying process is reduced to 1 month.
The best part of the show was Frank. He can be seen here wearing steel reinforced safety-orange chaps and drinking Perrier. He confessed to me that besides wielding a 6 foot chainsaw, he enjoys making his own soap. Watch-out Ladies, he’s available!
Pecan wood is beautiful.