Mark Lindquist History

THE BLAKELY BURL TREE PROJECT   PECAN WOOD

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The Blakely Burl Tree Project: PECAN WOOD

About Burl | The Blakely Burl Tree | Studying Blakely Burl Tree | BBT Burl Nodes | Pecan Wood


During the filming of the Blakely Burl Tree Project harvest, Mark Lindquist and Charles Rice discussed the idea of using pecan wood for the interior of the Blakely Burl Tree Museum where the objects made from the tree will be stored.  One day, while traveling south to Florida, Steve Cross noticed a logging operation going on just north of the GA/FL border.  He stopped and enquired and found that a one hundred acre pecan orchard was being clear cut.  He discussed the find with Mark Lindquist, director of the Blakely Burl Tree Project and Lindquist made contact with Charles Rice who gave approval to salvage the massive trunks for sawing to add to the wood being used in the BBT Project.  Following is the story.
 

Old pecan orchard - 100+ acres being clear cut (February 2010)


They are cutting the pecan trees for the limbs - to sell to pulp mills -
below is a semi-trailer load





The trees are cut down - they gather the limbs and leave the trunks.
Soon they will pile trunks and debris into piles and burn.


A pile of trunks and debris for burning.


Mark Lindquist looking over pecan debris piles.

LINK TO BURNING PECAN WOOD


Steve Cross and Mark Lindquist spent a day choosing and marking the best pecan logs from the ongoing timber harvesting operation.

Steve Cross made contact with the timber company harvesting the pecan trees
and has bought several semi-trailer loads of pecan trunks.


At Cross Sawmill March 2010



Several pecan logs at Cross Sawmill

Mark Lindquist inspecting Pecan log


Large crotch log - sawn at center of crotch
LINK TO THIS LOG BEING SAWN FOR FRENCH COMTOISE CLOCKS

Steve Cross with Pecan logs - 3/08/2010


There are double, triple and some quad-crotch logs.


Some are really big.


Steve Cross (left) and Mark Lindquist (right)
at Cross Sawmill, Iron City, Georgia, 3/8/2010


Truck loads of pecan wood on lot at Cross Sawmill.


Steve Cross sawing pecan wood.


Mark Lindquist (left) and Steve Cross at the sawmill


Mark Lindquist (left) and Steve Cross with pecan wood at Cross Sawmill


Steve loads sawn lumber onto his truck for one of many trips to Blakely.


Steve Cross directs Willy from Birdsong Peanut Corporation with forklift.


Steve Cross directs Willy from Birdsong  with forklift.


Willy from Birdsong forklifts in the flitch bundles and sawn boards.


Mark Lindquist stacking pecan wood.


Steve Cross preparing piles for forklift


The pecan wood is stickered for optimal drying


Several thousand board feet in different dimensions, stickered and drying.


Steve Cross with a large and ungainly pecan log at Cross Sawmill.



The large crotch section log is sawn into oval slabs for best figure.



The oval slabs are stickered and stacked in the warehouse.


Tony keeps the debris clear of the stacks.


Mark Lindquist (right) and Tony in the warehouse at Blakely



Steve Cross with the pecan wood stacks, Blakely, Georgia


Steve Cross with the pecan wood stacks, Blakely, Georgia


A visit back to the pecan orchard reveals the worst case scenario for the rest of the pecan trunks - burned for clearing...


Mark Lindquist visits the pecan orchard and finds they are burning the remaining trunks and stumps to fully clear the land. 


The logs have been pushed into large piles and set on fire.


Log after log, piled up and burned.


Reflecting on the wood in the warehouse, it was a great opportunity to have saved 20,000 board feet of pecan wood that can be added to the Blakely Burl Tree Project.

This aspect of the project was also made possible by the
Charles and Catherine B. Rice Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Special thanks to Birdsong Peanut Corporation, Blakely, Georgia, for providing the use of their forklifts and drivers on the Blakely Burl Tree Project.


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