While in Seoul Korea I wanted a wooden stump to do some light
forging work. Not being proficient in Korean I decided to start
asking questions on the army base I worked on. I finally got through
to the proper shop in the facilities maintenance department. Good
news! They were cutting down a sycamore tree due to some electrical
work. Normally they try to work around the trees since they’ve grown
to big and beautiful. Anyway, I was told to stop by their compound
gate after hours. sure enough, there it was. about four feet long and
eighteen inches in diameter. freshly cut.
I loaded it into my Honda, got it home to my apartment, and after a
couple weeks discovered that it would grow fungus if I set it up on
end. So. I removed bark, tried painting the ends with polyurethane,
then set it up on a couple of blocks. After a while I bought a
dehumidifier and kept the door closed. Over a year later I was
finally able to use it, but I think it took over two years before it
was finally cured.
Now it works great. I’ve cut it to the right height for my 6’1"
height. Its heavy enough that it won’t move. Thankfully the US
government paid to have it shipped back from Korea to Las Vegas for
Mike DeBurgh, GJG