Post by JFrankParnell on Jan 18, 2018 15:59:31 GMT -5
Mature bigleaf maple is particularly valuable as “tonewood” for use in guitars and other stringed instruments. The wood is prized in part because of its “flame” or “quilted” fibers, which provides a shimmering effect when cut to form the body of an instrument. The timber found in the single 32-inch-diameter tree Welches admitted to stealing was valued at $8,766.
I remember every little thing...as if it happened only yesterday. I was barely seventeen, and I once killed a boy with a Fender guitar. I don't remember if it was a telecaster or a stratocaster, But I do remember that it had a heart of chrome and a voice like a horny angel.
What's surprising is that he got caught. Up in the U.P., stealing timber off Federal Land is pretty common, you can drive along the backroads and see where people have cut and dragged trees out from near the roadway in Winter. Chainsaw and a pickup truck, and you're in the lumber business. None of that is figured maple, though, and not from a National Park, either.
"Gotta buy a tank and an aeroplane When she catches up with me won't be no time to explain . . ." (non-PC lyrics courtesy of Pete Townsend)
Post by cullenszoo on Jan 21, 2018 11:29:15 GMT -5
It's a shame he couldn't hook up with the park service and do it legally.
I live down the road from the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and they are constantly cutting down trees for various reasons. sometimes they leave the tree there to decompose but if the tree had a disease they remove it and it gets turned into firewood.