Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Getting free wood

Dan Lanicek in TX
>I have a chance to take as much as I want of about a cord of live oak and cedar elm. The wood is not split but has been cut into 16" lengths. The owner says the wood has been sitting there for a year, outside but covered. It's about 30 miles from my house.

Is this wood worth checking out? Will the wood be in decent shape to turn or has it been sitting out too long? What can I look for to tell if it's any "good"?

I've never turned live oak or cedar elm. I know live oak is tough as nails but I've seen it turned. How does cedar elm turn?

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