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Login Name Post: How about a branch for a hawk block?        (Topic#306758)
Larry (Omaha) 
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Larry (Omaha)
03-05-18 05:43 PM - Post#1672837    


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Hey guys, I have good friend who owns a tree business. He was working on a large tree and took this off of a branch.
Flintlocklar

 
Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
03-05-18 07:01 PM - Post#1672854    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

Wow!...nice block.

How do you keep it from cracking as it dries out?

What kind of wood is it?


 
tenngun 
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tenngun
03-05-18 07:10 PM - Post#1672856    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

That’s a hunk’o branch.


 
Larry (Omaha) 
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Larry (Omaha)
03-05-18 07:21 PM - Post#1672860    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

  • Quote:
How do you keep it from cracking as it dries out


I think it is cottonwood, but dummy me did not know I would have a dry out problem, which I did. I should have asked for a thicker slice. My arborist friend has an endless supply. One obviously does not need so large a diameter, but it helps when kids throw to keep the hawk out of the Wait a Minute Bushes
Flintlocklar

 
Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
03-05-18 07:24 PM - Post#1672862    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

I think you have to oil it or paint it as soon as it is cut, to keep it from cracking...


 
Colorado Clyde 
Cannon
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Colorado Clyde
03-05-18 07:26 PM - Post#1672863    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

What's the diameter on that bad boy?


 
Larry (Omaha) 
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Larry (Omaha)
03-05-18 07:39 PM - Post#1672865    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

If my memory is right (senior moments) it was 34". The hawk is 18".
Flintlocklar

 
Robby 
62 Cal.
Posts: 2588
03-08-18 02:06 PM - Post#1673276    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

Larry, Mine was poplar too, I slathered it with crankcase oil I got from the local garage for free, let it take all it will. Lasted for years.
Robby

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
03-08-18 02:09 PM - Post#1673277    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

  • Quote:
it helps when kids throw



Just the kids?
The cracking thing came to my mind also. And, yes, that musta been some humongous tree. A thicker piece would be very heavy.

 
Larry (Omaha) 
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Larry (Omaha)
03-08-18 07:38 PM - Post#1673362    

    In response to Rifleman1776

  • Quote:
Just the kids?


All right smarty, it helps old men too
Flintlocklar

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
03-09-18 09:56 AM - Post#1673466    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

  • Larry (Omaha) Said:
  • Quote:
Just the kids?


All right smarty, it helps old men too
Flintlocklar






 
cigarmitch 
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cigarmitch
03-09-18 02:46 PM - Post#1673508    

    In response to Rifleman1776

Oh boy, cottonwood... Makes me twitch when I think about the time I tried to sand a piece of cottonwood. Woof, STINKY STUFF.
Cigar Mitch
mid 19th Century Powder Burner



 
Kansas Jake 
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03-09-18 07:30 PM - Post#1673537    

    In response to cigarmitch

It doesn't smell that great when it burns either.

 
Sean Gadhar 
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Sean Gadhar
03-15-18 07:05 AM - Post#1674373    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

I could STILL hit the metal hardware! Surrounding it with all that fine wood won't stop me from chipping an edge. I have a nack

Kidding aside, that looks like a great setup
The sheep of this world will always hate the sheepdogs, until the wolves are nipping at their heels.


 
Longshot47 
45 Cal.
Posts: 673
Longshot47
03-17-18 12:58 PM - Post#1674794    

    In response to Larry (Omaha)

Makes me want to throw my hawk.
With the effort you've got in it, it might be worth banding it with a barrel hoop or perhaps screwing a plywood panel to the back.
Nice job!

 
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