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Offline timmyd

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question on cutting ash
« on: September 09, 2017, 08:40:18 pm »
hi everyone. just wondering if it's too late in the year to cut ash and be able to peel bark off. some leaves are starting to turn already but I would assume until temps fall into the 30s the sap should still be up in the trees correct?

Offline Del the cat

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Re: question on cutting ash
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 12:08:44 am »
Any time is good... (IMO)
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Offline George Tsoukalas

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Re: question on cutting ash
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 02:50:23 am »
I bet it is ok but it depends on where you live.
If the leaves are still on it is probably good to go.
I've never adhered to that anyway. I always cut wood when I needed it.
If the the bark doesn't't peel off be more careful. Get close with a draw knife and then scrape it off.
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Offline osage outlaw

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Re: question on cutting ash
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 03:16:06 am »
Check for borer damage before you cut.  All of the ash trees in my area are dead or dying. 
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Offline Hamish

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Re: question on cutting ash
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 04:19:12 pm »
 You can cut ash any time of year but if you cut it when the sap is up and the humidity is high will probably get bluestain. Wood goes grey and is not as attractive as normal ash. It is a cosmetic and not structural defect, so you can still make bows from it.


Offline Pat B

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Re: question on cutting ash
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 04:36:51 pm »
Cut a small branch and see if the bark will strip easily. If it does, the rest of the tree should also.
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Offline timmyd

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Re: question on cutting ash
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2017, 06:13:45 pm »
well I'm cutting it tomorrow or Tuesday so well see what happens. I've tried drawknifing winter cut hickory and just can never seem to do the job without digging into the back

Offline High-Desert

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Re: question on cutting ash
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2017, 06:36:25 pm »
I cut an ash today, and it peeled just fine, but our leaves here haven't changed at all yet.
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Offline timmyd

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Re: question on cutting ash
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2017, 05:21:00 am »
well got it cut. it wasn't a big tree but I'll get a few nice staves out of it. of course it opened up in torrential downpours ad soon as I had them sealed. so I have no choice but to get them air dried today

Offline High-Desert

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Re: question on cutting ash
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2017, 05:56:36 am »
Very nice! It's alway feels great to have a supply of staves. We look forward to seeing what you turn them into.
Eric