We have a cluster of Indian Rosewood trees growing on the edge of our
property. I do not have space to store/use the necessary tools to mill
anything down to a usable size. If the Indian Rosewood is of any value to
woodworkers, I hate to see good thing go to waste. Any mills or large
bandsaw users in the North Pinellas Florida area? I wood only want some
small pieces for carving, so the rest wood be recriprocity.
I understand Indian Rosewood is tough on cutting tools, having silica in the
grain. Indeed I sharpen frequently. The outer white wood suffers quickly
from fungus, and is found delectable by termites. The heartwood is dense
and dark, somewhat insect and fungus resistant, but not as dark or
rich-grained as Brazilian Rosewood. I believe the grain is interwoven;
axe-splitting for firewood can only be done on very short pieces, and
extended drying does not make it any easier.
We had one of the large (seemingly healthy) trunks fall into the waterway
(city's residential drainage) Thursday morning, and it was cut up and
cleared with 8 hours. No time for me to get out there with a chainsaw to
salvage anything, but it did not have many straight limbs anyway. Though
there is a five foot long main trunk section submerged in the waterway.
They left some 24" diameter slabs that show a 18" to 20" diameter heartwood.
The neighboring tree is actually the one due to come down soon, as it has
had bracket fungus on the trunk and a network of Pileated Woodpecker nests
fro the past two years. And it is fairly straight. The trunk is about 16"
to 20" diameter at the base, so it should have a generous heartwood. Any
mills or large bandsaw users in the North Pinellas Florida area? Or should
I just let it go to mulch and firewood?