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  1. #1
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    Default Is this tree any use for a spar?

    About to chop this down. Any use?


    I reckon about 15ft useable length.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Is this tree any use for a spar?

    If you have time, and what I would do, is lop off as many branches as you can reach before you fell it. Then remove the rest, put it on trestles, chop off the bark, and have a look.
    But it looks rather small, with too many branches, for a yacht spar, depends on what you want.
    Please take photos of the results..
    Hopefully a real expert will be posting shortly, to say it's good enough for Cape Horn, or not even worth burning, or somthing.

    A small tree with lots of knots isn't neccessarily useless, my 1950's boat was fitted out in Bermuda with Bermudan Cedar, technically a softwood but actually very hard, with a lovely grain, lots of knots, and a perfumed aroma if you drill it.

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    Default Re: Is this tree any use for a spar?

    I bow to LGBC's greater experience in these matters but I would not hesitate to burn it in a closed fire. Too many knots in a small moot (trunk); they are point sof weakness, or rather they are points of extra strength which makes the bending curve uneven.

    Also it will be full of resin, and clog your tools.

    I suppose you could make a boat hook out of it if you wanted a memorable bit of timber.


    When you fell it, do be careful to keep your hands and gloves off the sawn ends, as the resin is the second stickiest substance known to man,
    I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.

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    Default Re: Is this tree any use for a spar?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarabande View Post

    When you fell it, do be careful to keep your hands and gloves off the sawn ends, as the resin is the second stickiest substance known to man,

    What.s the stickiest then?:-)

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    Default Re: Is this tree any use for a spar?

    I reciprocally bow to Sarabande's greater experience when I wonder if it wouldn't coat the inside of your flue with sticky, inflammable resin?

    How about making some Stockholm tar type stuff, I've always fancied trying that.

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    Default Re: Is this tree any use for a spar?

    Thanks all.

    I intend to chop it down. So its a free spar for anyone that wants it.

    Its on IOW and I will even deliver it free to Yarmouth Harbour.

    Perhaps I should wait till the OGA is in town next and see if anyone wants it.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Is this tree any use for a spar?

    Quote Originally Posted by burgundyben View Post
    Thanks all.

    I intend to chop it down. So its a free spar for anyone that wants it.

    Its on IOW and I will even deliver it free to Yarmouth Harbour.

    Perhaps I should wait till the OGA is in town next and see if anyone wants it.
    Oh yes please I would love it, I'm in Newport.
    And Im in the OGA
    PM sent
    Last edited by Ladybirdgaffcutter; 14-01-19 at 10:47.

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    Default Re: Is this tree any use for a spar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybirdgaffcutter View Post
    Oh yes please I would love it, I'm in Newport.
    And Im in the OGA
    PM sent
    You see, given I'm a motorboater I have little use for it!

    I'll reply to your PM.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Is this tree any use for a spar?

    Wait ten months then offer it to the parish council as a Christmas Tree for the village green.

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