I like to work with wood from ornamental and fruit trees that are being trimmed or removed. When possible, I reduce the wood to 2″ slabs by making vertical cuts with a chainsaw while the tree is still held firmly by its roots. This is safer than working on the ground after the tree has been felled, and gravity is on your side. I’ve come by some exotic woods this way that are not to be found in a lumberyard.
– Robert Ward