Was drivng a road within town that has only one house - owned by a physician - and I noticed that sometime over the past few months an enormous Colorado Spruce had been cut and the logs stacked for the town to take (we a "once-of-a-lifetime" snow last winter that took down trees that had survived for over 100 years). But the reason that the town had not moved the logs yet was that some were over 40" in diameter and the shortest was around 8 feet long - the town doesn't own a knuckle loader especially one this big. So if I were to want it I have around 1,200 board feet or straight spruce!! Now if I were to assume at least 1/2 loss due to knots and another 1/2 loss due to my splitting the filtches, aging checking, and sanding I still wind up with 300 board feet tree or so. The tree was around 86-89 years old when cut as best I could count (don't have a core drill anymore) with no cracking of disease streaks - it was only remove due to the $600K house that "grew up" in it's shade (not being native I assume that there was an older older house long gone).
Again, anyone used this wood If I was younger and my health better I'd take a lot of it just to make large benchs and chainsaw sculptures but I can't handle that. But if it splits like other spruces I could easily cut it to 48" lenghts and then split large filtches to store in the attic for a few years. Not tens of tops but perhaps ten tops.
Would make a nice compliment for that walnut I've still not picked up.
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