Turning a tree into a stock... Questions
So, last summer we realized that the ash borers were 100% invading our property as we noticed all the ash were dead or dying. Over the course of last summer we started marking them all so that this winter we could tell which ones needed to come down(when everything looks dead). While marking we found one tree that was a really nice specimen. I spent last fall trying to come up with something to make out of it as a memento of sorts. Then I thought about making a stock blank. Since it's my dad's property and he's only ever had a TC Hawkin, I'm thinking I might make him an honest to God longrifle. And hey maybe one or two for me if I can get enough material.
Fast forward to a couple weekends ago, we went out to cut it down and skid out while the ground was still firm. We got it out and now I've been looking at it sitting there and can't make up my mind if I can get stock material out of it.
The log is about 24-26" in diameter, and may have some curl to it... Won't know on that until I get it sawn, but the rings have some waviness to them. My problem is I know I need to keep the grain fairly straight, basically flatsawing it, because it's ash. I'm just not a lumberman. So what is everyone's opinion, is this log large enough to get a stock out of and what dimensions should I be shooting for in a board for a stock?
Oh, and right now I have it cut off at about 7-8', so I should have plenty of length.
Remember, shoot straight and shoot often.
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