Peter McBride

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Updated :- Wednesday, 23 May 2007  

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Salvaged fallen Blackwood tree.

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My brother Mike phoned to tell me he had to remove a large fallen Blackwood tree (Acacia Melanoxylon) from a difficult location on a property at Sassafras, a small town 20 minutes drive away from home in the hills behind where we live. It sounded promising, but was down in a valley, and the logs would need to be winched out. So with a 4x4 equipped with an 8000lb winch, a hand winch, straps, ropes and chains we managed to get it out safely and pretty quickly in just 4 pieces. The two larger logs are over 3m long and 0.85m across  ( about 10ft x 34 inch) and two are over 2m long ( about 7ft )

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The bloke who mills for me with a Lucas Portable mill has a crane truck which was just able to get them aboard. Over the next few weeks we will mill them into boards etc, like we did a few years ago with a couple of Oak trees. seen here...milling oak 
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I love this timber, it is very rewarding to work with, cuts, planes and polishes really well. Another Blackwood tree we milled over 8 years ago, salvaged from very near where the one above came down, is slowly coming together as a dining table in the workshop. The top is 2350 x 1330 ( about  7' 7" x 4' 5")

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 I also used stuff from the same tree to make our kitchen and some other projects over the years...boxes for sterling silver platter and servers...a coffee table..
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