I was recently tasked with slabbing up a giant Cottonwood for a customer. While Cottonwood grows to immense sizes, it is often overlooked for slabs because its not walnut, oak, maple, or one of the more desirable species. It has a rich and creamy color with many brown tones that look great when finished. This particular Cottonwood was over five feet in diameter at the stump, with a crotch over six feet wide. The log was over 15 feet long and estimated to weigh over 8 tons. For a weight comparison, thats the equivalent of more than five Honda Civics.
It has been a while since I posted anything, so I thought I would show some photos of a giant Elm I was hired to slab in Minneapolis. The log was over 6′ in diameter and 15′ long. The fork had to be trimmed down from over 9′ wide. It stretched the limits of the Lucas Slabber but by the end of the day we had a nice stack of massive slabs.
Check out these photos of some recent sawing.
A large Maple crotch on the forklift, and large burled Red Oak on the truck, waiting to be slabbed.
A couple very wide Elm slabs, freshly cut. The rest of the log is still waiting to be slabbed. The tree came from a yard in Minnesota and unfortunately has some foreign objects in it.
A large 3′ wide White Oak slab, one of a large stack, fresh off the mill.
A couple wide Maple slabs, sawed from a crotch.
Slabbing up a large White Oak Log.