The daily woodturning blog.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Day 257: Boyce Thompson
I spent the afternoon volunteering at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, mostly pulling weeds and walking the trails at closing time to make sure everyone was out. I saw this log in the burn pile when I was out there last week and brought my chainsaw with me in the hopes that I would be able to salvage it with their permission. Luckily they agreed that I could take this piece so I ripped it in half and then loaded up both halves. They're 17" across, 23" long, and is a species of Acacia I haven't turned before.
The other half, also 17" X 23".
While I was pulling weeds I saw some movement on the ground. I thought it was a beetle or a caterpillar but instead it was a baby hummingbird. I located another one a few inches away and then quickly located the nest. It was a very windy day and they had been blown out of the low hanging nest in a palm tree. Hopefully Mom came back around after we were done, if not they almost certainly would have died on the ground.