When a hydro crew cut down a huge hazelnut tree across the road from my house, there was only one thing to do: grab all the wood!
A large chainsaw was used to slice the logs in half. It was rough turned and dried for about a year before it was finish turned.
The resulting waterfall patterns and grains are spectacular. The bark inclusion just added additional interest.
This maple tree was cut at a roadside near my shop. As usual, huge pieces. It gave me an excuse to try out my "new" Stihl 090 chainsaw with a 36" bar. Not surprisingly, it chopped up the tree into manageable sizes very quickly.
An overhead hoist on a trolly beam allows me to life 200 lbs chunks easily.
A large faceplate ensures its safely mounted on the lathe.
Then the turning begins.
In this case it yielded some gorgeous spaulted patterns.