I have just taken into possession two sycamore butts, cut from a tree that was hollow at the base, which some vandals had put a match to. getting a tree down that is still smouldering is a bit of an ask, especially when you have to climb it to de-limb the thing. But that was the way it needed doing, because of where it was and the urgency of the work.
Anyways once it was down and the warm bits doused the guys started cross cutting it. Around 20' up there was a nice clean piece which we cut out to check. It was Ok, so we put another cut in where there was a hole and got two pieces - around 7' x 18" diameter with next to no taper, loaded it up and got them down to the local college sawmill.
So I want to put it through the mill whilst it's still green and I'm wonder what dimensions would be best - not necessarily for boat building.
I'll try and convince the guys to quartersaw it if possible, bearing in mind that any resawing will need to be done on my tablesaw unless I can persuade my local crew to put it through the bandsaw again [I'm running out of favours there!]
some suggestions would be appreciated.