This weekend I went out to cut firewood; it’s that time of year. I brought along my 9-year-old son whom I have taught how to split wood. I found some trees that had been bulldozed over for a clearing. We went on site and found some very straight timber. To the surprise of the landowner we bucked a 7 ft stem of hackberry and my son started splitting it into quarters, all 7 ft of it. I mean this thing was straight as an arrow. By the way Hackberry has the highest success rate for bending according to the US Forest Products Laboratory. I have bent it before and its amazing. It is not very strong but it bends like a noodle!
My son discovered that Pecan does not split very well!
We found a nice Osage Orange and he is totally pumped about making a bow–that’s the traditional wood that the Indians used for bow making. He found that the it split perfectly!
Then he finished up by splitting a Woolybucket Bumelia. I have never heard of such a tree. I had to take a piece to a friend who sure knows his wood to identify it for me. My son split this whole log up. He enjoyed every minute of it!
So I will let you know what I do with the wood, other than burning it this winter. In fact, I might use some of it for my upcoming demonstration at the North Texas Woodworkers Association this coming Tuesday evening.