Large fallen beech tree...

31 January 2015, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve just been to see this large beech tree, which has fallen into a field nearby. It’s certainly an impressive sight, measuring over 5' across at the base. I don’t think there’ll be any spalting, but it should make some excellent boards - I just need to work out how to move it…

I’m always up for a challenge, but could well be beaten this time! Although the branches should be easy enough to remove, the trunk will take some cutting. I think it’ll be best for me to contact the local sawmill and arrange a suitable plan. I certainly don’t want the entire tree, but some choice pieces would be nice.

Even the main branches will be big enough for smaller bowls…

Beech-tree-canopy.jpg

I took a slice out of the base, to examine the grain and markings. Although it was fairly regular in colour, it should hopefully be darker towards the center. Larger beech’s can often display some fairly dramatic reds and purples, when they get to a certain age…

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The ground is really soft at the moment, due mainly to the amount of rain – I’ll keep you updated with progress, but this job may have to wait until the summer…

Jonathan Leech

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Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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