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During some work at an olive tree field, I was told that some oak branches were cut down due to them being dangerous during olive gathering.<br>Oaks are generally placed in field boundaries, to be more aware of property's limits.<br>Cutting is very rare, and takes place only after permission from the authorities.<br><br>After I saw the branches, I harvested as many forks as I was able to find...<br><br>There is potential in them, and I feel privileged to be able to work with such a material...<br><br>A 30cm ruler is next to them for scale...<br><br>Any advice on microwaving is welcome...<br><br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8485/8245310108_bdebcf0e48_c.jpg" border="0" alt="">
 

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Those are some Damn nice forks, i dry mine in 16 minute cicles, 1 min in the microwave and 15 in the freezer until they feel dry. Big forks you can roughly carve before drying. Have fun with them
 

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thank you all for your comments,<br><br>@ Tysonspapa<br>Oaks are been cherished here, as the last remainings of the wild forests...<br>Mediterranean oaks are scarce... The ones on our field, we know them by heart... especially the big ones...It is as if they had a soul... They only get pruned by state experts to avoid lightning strikes...<br>Olive trees have also been cherished, from the antiquity, but for whole different reasons...<br>I am sure German oaks will be a lot different.. The ones here have to withstand very hot temperatures in the summer.<br><br>@onnod<br>thanks for the tips!<br><br>@Saderath<br>cool, I m waiting to see it!<br><br>@mikehunt042084<br>thanks! lets see if I have luck with the drying process<br><br>
 

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i can tell, olive wood is great!!!<br>i got a fork here but i just try to forget it for the moment. i leave it dry and i will see what happen <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_bounce.gif" alt="bounce" longdesc="27">
 

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I have never tried to dry wood in a microwave but I know for good bows you want fire killed wood (or it's a process to treat green wood) I want to try the microwave because of the speed it dries but have always been worried about cracks. Lots of people here talk about cracks when they nuke their forks.
 

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microwaving gives the warm from inside the piece to the outside. best way to dry something. i personaly tried without good results but i am sure that i do something wrong... What?<br>Naturals, hoooo naturals,.... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/herz.png" alt="I love you" longdesc="22">
 

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I'll deffinatly give it a shot. I live maybe an hour from a lumber mill and I know they use a giant microwave to dry their stuff. I was just leery using my home one from all the cracks people mention. I will scan the posts better and see what was done wrong so i can correct the mistake before I make it too.
 

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<div>I just dry my forks in the oven on low heat for a few hours.</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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<div>Theodor, would you be interested in trading some olive forks for more oak forks? I have some Red Oak trees on my property and I would love to have some olive wood.</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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Yes von_z2, that would be cool, just let me check out the shipping cost to the other side of the Atlantic, because forks are generally heavy items and it might be prohibitively high.<br>I have used Red Oak, but in form of planks, for my woodworking projects...It is sold in one timber warehouse in my city, and they say its from the US..Its an awesome material..<br>I did this window sun-filter a couple of years ago...Its been outdoor ever since and it still looks like new...<br><br><br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8337/8255854408_cbdc393231_c.jpg" border="0" alt="">
 

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<div>Ok, let me know if it will work for you. I can send you fresh cut red oak forks from my property if the shipping is doable.</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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hello all, just a few things done over the "Christmas holidays"<br><br>worked on branches #3 and #4<br><br>#4 was formed straight into a small beam in order to repair a handy old axe.<br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8362157107_4d15f2bccb_c.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8230/8362158405_41bf90e5f0_c.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>#3 was cut into the bandsaw to create a slingshot inspired by Joergs designs<br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8363252058_c6cf8cbb5d_c.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8363253346_a89b3b5d55_c.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>also found an olive fork into the firewood which was too good to burn into the stove...<br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8476/8363218868_4d0db17aed_c.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>so another "natural" was created...<br>the result...(they still need a little sanding and varnish coating, moorhamer on the right only for size comparison) <br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8500/8363221600_40dedac1b9_b.jpg%20" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8506/8362210055_da8f89aff5_c.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8362222967_9f091ba491_c.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
 

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<div>Very nice! I love the hammer head. I still need to make myself one of those.</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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Great score Theodore, An axe handle and some slingshot forks. There always more special when you make them rather than buy them. Chris
 
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