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  1. I am sad to hear he is going but relieved that he is not being replaced by that ryan thing with the bleached teeth ..I suspected it would be a woman or some one gay though !!! doesn't really matter if they are ethnic on the radio I suppose !!!!😂
  2. Recent commission for a bench as a gift for customers friends .....Made from Sequoia I helped to take down about 5 years ago ...I got a nearby workshop to do the carving with a big , fancy machine ....It needed great care to get the name precise and the L and the I not too close together !!!😂
  3. I do not know of any finish applied to wood that keep it looking natural , esp oils / varnishes etc ...perhaps some clear satin/matt sprays , For driftwood and "bone " Oak I scrub them well with a stiff brush with a strong ( almost neat ) domestic bleach then rinse and dry then lightly sand to remove sharp bits . This will depend if final location is indoors or outdoors . There is some really fabulous characterful bits of wood to be found in many locations mostly free!! Scorching can work depending on required look ...lots of potential with bits of wood ...
  4. I once saw about 7-8 all swallowed whole and live by Seagulls !!!!☹️
  5. No one wakes up in the morning and then climbs a tree ....getting to work , loading kit , hooking up the chipper etc is a bit of a warm up , so is getting ladder up tree or trying to throw a rope or throwbag up the tree , I get what a warm up is and sometimes just stretch because I feel like it or it feels like I need to rather than a routine , never had a joint , muscle problem associated with that aspect of work , starting saws is probably as hard on joints etc ....Heavy lifting is the worst for damaging your body ...
  6. Ash die back is keeping the industry much busier than usual , it is a tragedy losing so many of them though !!! Also the industry is much more mechanised nowadays so a good team with kit scoff the work faster than ever before . There is plenty of work but getting a share is more competitive than ever , and keeping reasonable profit harder still ....
  7. I have found that AG 's drain batteries faster than anything else ...
  8. I am sure most chainsaw carvers use an angle grinder as well as a chainsaw , for shaping and sanding , just wondering what generator any one uses or would recommend , I would only need to run one AG and would like a lightweight genny to take to and fro my woods ...thinking Honda or Hyundai ...
  9. My reply was about this scenario in general.." fell for the value of the wood " ..maybe the site the OP referred to may be FL exempt but many / most sites will not be , birds nest on the ground and in the understory so can easily be killed / disturbed by felling activity ....to me as an old timer this is a pretty sad side of modern rules and regs but just things that need to be considered to avoid problems but make such situations not economically viable and as a result much work will not be done unless essential ... owning trees can be more of a liability rather than an asset , which does not seem right to me !!!
  10. Add to that the possibility of a felling license , management plan , bat survey and nesting birds etc etc !!!!
  11. There may well be some one nearby who knows what they are doing and would like to do it ...however .... is the landowner happy for them to do it...are they qualified / insured , risk assessments etc ? other wise they will need a professional contractor which might then increase costs beyond the value of the wood ....this is sadly a common scenario nowadays !!
  12. I can assure you there are plenty of roundabouts in Cornwall !! have you never been to Snozzel !!😁

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