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Re: Sheoak sawing mission.
« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2017, 06:30:04 am »
Wow... I did not know that they could bite and I picked them up before...
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Re: Sheoak sawing mission.
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2017, 07:39:05 am »
They aren't crickets, they are Weta.  :D Peter Jackson scaled them up a bit for the last King Kong movie, but that's what they modeled the CGI on.

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The males have much larger jaws than the females, though both sexes will hiss and bite when threatened.

They are basically harmless, the kids school makes "bug houses" for them around the school etc. But they have an attitude if you cut down their tree.  :D

These are the common and smaller Tree Weta. We have them in our gardens, and occasionally inside, but the baby ones are quite cute.  The rarer Giant Weta are freaking huge things.
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« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2017, 08:29:37 am »
Wow... They do get big...

 

 
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« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2017, 11:06:19 am »
...just wondering, can ya eat a Weta?  :D :D Does it taste like Grits?  ;D All the best, Rob.
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« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2017, 02:58:09 pm »
I might try a drum stick well done...
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Re: Sheoak sawing mission.
« Reply #25 on: September 22, 2017, 04:38:59 pm »
Finally, a FINE day.  8)

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« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2017, 05:01:56 pm »
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« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2017, 08:37:07 pm »
How come you're not sawing up on that hillside? Should be some nice trees around where the white stuff starts.

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Re: Sheoak sawing mission.
« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2017, 02:51:09 am »
Pesky rules around National Parks.  ::) :D

The better trees are down around the lower parts of the park anyway. Snowline at the moment is above the tree line, only a bit of tussock growing up there.
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Re: Sheoak sawing mission.
« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2017, 08:52:25 pm »
Put some little piece of the Sheoak that I'd previously cut up with the chainsaw on the lathe to see what it looed like. This is how it looks with one coat of polyurethane  :)





Hard to capture all the grain and ray flecks that are in it in a photo, but you get the idea. I think it's going to be worth the effort of milling.
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Re: Sheoak sawing mission.
« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2017, 12:27:11 pm »
I can see some of them in the part closest to the camera. Hard to get the light at the right angle to capture what two eyes can see when the part is in your hand.
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Re: Sheoak sawing mission.
« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2017, 06:40:30 am »
Tried to get some sawing in today, but called a "'rain off".  Seriously,  7 days in the last month when it hasn't rained.  ::) Got the last tree bucked and a log log loaded in the bunks ready to mill. Then the rain set in again.

At least I had Lil there to record the event.  :D



We have a saying here. If you can see the Mt, it's going to rain. If you can't see the Mt, it IS raining.

We couldn't see the Mt.  :D
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Re: Sheoak sawing mission.
« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2017, 01:52:43 pm »
I can't see the mountain either.....its raining here.  :D :D :D
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Re: Sheoak sawing mission.
« Reply #33 on: October 17, 2017, 12:54:11 am »
Had put some little off-cuts in the drying cupboard to hurry them along. Planed / sanded and oiled some today. Wow this stuff is HARD. Going to be rough on the planer, and may end up using the router jig on a lot of it.

Little piece of heart wood, 2x1 about 12" long with a bit of wood oil on it.





Getting a bit of cracking and twisting with some of the pieces, but I think most of it is going to be useable for something.
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