(To best honor the Spirit of
Keywords: Wood Recycling
Seattle Bellevue Renton Issaquah Woodinville Woodturning Sculpture
Bill Luce -
I am always on the lookout to
rescue/recycle very specific wood from ending up wasted or as firewood to use in my
woodturning/sculpting studio. I generally obtain tree sections from arborists, tree services or
homeowners that want to see the wood put to a good use and often are glad to let
me deal with moving it. If you know of a tree that meets the below criteria or
have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Emailing digital photos of
the wood can be very helpful, if available, for me in determining whether or not the wood is
suitable for my use.
Please note that I am generally
seeking wood that is free for the taking with no further obligation on my part,
and within approximately 50 miles of the Seattle, WA area (I live in Renton).
The distance I will travel depends on the species, size and condition of the
tree, and on occasion I do travel farther for a special rescue. Depending
on the wood, sometimes I can pay a modest fee, in the $50 - $100 range.
- Trees must be green and
healthy or at least mostly contain wood that is perfectly sound. Generally only
trees with a lower trunk that is single pith (heart) and that is fairly
branch free are suitable for my work. I avoid trees with nails in them from
tree forts, ladders, etc.
- The tree must already be
slated for removal. I prefer to never harvest a tree solely for my
- Ideally the tree will be
already felled and is available within 1-10 days of cutting in the winter,
1-2 days in summer depending on the species – covering with a tarp to reduce
cracking is very helpful. I greatly prefer to cut the larger trunk up
myself to best utilize the wood, but fresh pre-cut rounds are also often
suitable (generally 18" to 20" long works well). Except with very large trees, I
generally only use the trunk wood, not branches. In the ideal
situation , the lowest 15 to 25 feet (depending on the diameter) of the tree
has been felled and left lying, and I come and cut it up and remove the
- Wood must be accessible to a hand cart. Ideally I can park my trailer fairly near the wood
to load with a hand dolly.
- A total load of wood in the
2000 lb. to 4000 lb. range is desirable to make the trip cost effective for me. Generally
that translates into 15 to 30 linear feet of tree trunk, depending on the
diameter of the tree.
UPDATE EDIT: I am also now seeking freshly cut short logs (at least
42 inches long) in a minimum diameter of 14 inches for some sculptures I am
doing. Please contact me before you discard any logs that meet this description.
Tree Species and Minimum Diameter Requirements *
(larger is generally even better)
Tree as measured with a tape
above the trunk flare – not estimated.
Burls of any species and any size
* I do work with
other woods, but these are the more common woods I obtain.
** Douglas fir tree must have been sound as wood deteriorates quickly.
I am especially interested in fir in the 42 to 60" diameter range.
My equipment includes:
- Full size range of chainsaws
up through 120cc and 60 inches long bars.
- Saws are operated with
vegetable based, biodegradable bar oil for minimal environmental impact.
- All appropriate safety
equipment: Kevlar chaps, helmet, ear & eye protection, gloves, etc.
- Low bed 5x10' HD utility
trailer with 5,000 lb. payload.
- Hand dollies from medium to
extreme in size.
- Winch for pulling log
sections (up to 9 1/2 feet long) into trailer when appropriate.
Thank you for considering recycling wood and thus
both spare the landfill and better honor the spirit of the tree.
Wood Recycling Seattle Bellevue Renton Issaquah
Woodturning Sculpture Bill Luce
Me rescuing a pair of Douglas Firs blown over in a windstorm. The tree root
balls are far to my right on the other side of the crushed building.
The following are a recent rescue. A very large log (Deodora Cedar), with a diameter of 53